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NYFF 2013: Are interactive docs like 'Empire' film's future?

NYFF 2013: Are interactive docs like 'Empire' film's future? | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- A lot of people like to make a lot of pronouncements about the future of cinema. Some of them—like those made about “Gravity”—may well turn out to be prophetic. Others are less convincing.

 

"But some very real juice may be behind a relatively new form that’s dubbed “immersive documentary” or “interactive documentary.” You may have heard about it before. It’s a notion that’s been floating around on the mainstream margins for several years—nonfiction stories that go well beyond the passive, standalone 90-minute format you’re used to from cable TV or your local art-house theater. 

 

Instead, these films (and the term is—fortunately--meant loosely) take a more inventive path to tell their tales. As practiced by a new class of digital frontier types, they often blend the image-as-object ethos of museum installations, the interactivity of video games and the narrative and character features of traditional cinema. Immersive documentary  shares some similarities with its cousin, journalism's multimedia presentation, though is far more rooted in a cinematic tradition."

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A really interesting post about the future of the new form of interactive documentary starting from the example of “The Empire Project”.

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Why Alejandro González Iñárritu is the Director Who Finally Got VR Right 

Why Alejandro González Iñárritu is the Director Who Finally Got VR Right  | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

In these six-and-a-half minutes, the director believes that people will be able to feel what millions of words fail to express. More than 6,000 people have disappeared in Mexico in the last 10 years. One collector has been saving recovered objects from the disappeared: letters from parents to children, shoes, backpacks, clothing, photographs, toothbrushes, glasses. “It’s like a holocaust,” Iñárritu said. “That’s the reality.”

— Cannes 2017

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Interview with Miquel Dewever-Plana & Isabelle Fougère 

An interview with Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle Fougère, the French directors of the 2013 award-winning interactive documentary "Alma: A Tale of Violence".

(2013 Multimedia Contest)

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The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Karen Vanderborght

How is Virtual Reality applied to non-fiction stories and languages? From 360 video to interactive and mixed-reality productions, Karen Vanderborght share
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Workshop recap: i-docs as a research method

Workshop recap: i-docs as a research method | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
A one-day workshop organised by Stefano Odorico exploring the potential of interactive docs as a method to do research & to communicate researc
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The rise of documentary video games that use journalism to tell stories

The rise of documentary video games that use journalism to tell stories | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
In recent years, game developers have been fusing the research and process of journalism with the kind of interactive storytelling that games do best in order to create unique and moving experiences.
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The necessary metamorphosis of the VR Creator - Raindance

The necessary metamorphosis of the VR Creator - Raindance | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
The Birth of a Medium In the 1920’s, most radio programmes seemed to consist of book readings and theatre play recordings. In the 50’s, as TV started to take over from radio as the #1 mainstream entertainment medium, the most popular programmes were, essentially, filmed version of already popular radio shows. Similarly, the majority of VR …
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At Tribeca’s VR showcase, artists are trying to move beyond empathy

At Tribeca’s VR showcase, artists are trying to move beyond empathy | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
At last week’s Tribeca Film Festival, I asked director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) what had inspired her to experiment with virtual reality for The Protectors: Walk i
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Expanding Temporal and Participative Digital Horizons Through Web Documentaries for Social Change

Expanding Temporal and Participative Digital Horizons Through Web Documentaries for Social Change | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
Recent forays into online and participatory social documentaries like QuestionBridge or Immigrant Nation are offering alternative temporal conceptions and participative processes compared to what other media activism does using social networks. These
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Immerse Q&A: Hacking VR Speaker Brian Chirls

What does VR mean for documentary? What is the best and worst uses of VR? What is the future of VR? Brian Chirls answers for Immerse. Brian Chirls is Chie
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How to Shoot a 360 Video

How to Shoot a 360 Video | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
Shooting video with one of these new cameras requires a different creative process, but it's one that can be mastered with some knowledge.
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Beyond Empathy – Firelight Media 

"I’ve come to expect to come across the line when the filmmaker is asked, ‘why does this story need to be told?’, and the filmmaker inevitably responds, “to put a human face on (insert marginalized group here)”. And in one line, the wheels of the empathy machine begin to turn.
The notion that film holds unique power to build understanding, connection, and indeed, empathy, for others is not a new one. In fact an entire industry has been built over the last decade on the premise that documentary films are particularly useful tools at sparking change in beliefs and actions.
But there is something implicit in the desire to build empathy that is based on the assumption that subjects of documentary films are so foreign to the audience that they must be transported into the world of this person or culture in order to empathize with their plight. This “othering” of the film subject is fraught with old notions of the colonial gaze, but it is, not surprisingly, the fuel that powers the empathy machine." – Medium

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What I Learned Making a 360 Video Every Day for a Month

What I Learned Making a 360 Video Every Day for a Month | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
VR is hard. The gear is pricey (but becoming more affordable), the workflow is nightmarish and what exactly should be filmed in 360 remains more or less unknown. That’s why I committed to a daunting…
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The necessary metamorphosis of the VR Creator - Raindance

The necessary metamorphosis of the VR Creator - Raindance | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
The Birth of a Medium  In the 1920’s, most radio programmes seemed to consist of book readings and theatre play recordings. In the 50’s, as TV started to take over radio as the #1 mainstream entertainment medium, the most popular programmes were basically filmed version of already popular radio shows. Similarly, the majority of VR …
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Talks from the DocLab Interactive Conference 2016 are now online | IDFA DocLab

Talks from the DocLab Interactive Conference 2016 are now online | IDFA DocLab | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
Now in its fourth year, the annual DocLab Interactive Conference brings together leading artists and thinkers from the world of art, technology, science and documentary.
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i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary 

Buy i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary (Nonfictions) by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi, Mandy Rose (ISBN: 9780231181235) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.
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Mixed reality, computer vision, and brain–machine interfaces: Here’s the future The New York Times’ reborn R&D lab sees

Mixed reality, computer vision, and brain–machine interfaces: Here’s the future The New York Times’ reborn R&D lab sees | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
"The New York Times is not going to build a self-driving car, but if we see that technology as being inevitable, we should have a strategy for how The New York Times will fit into it."
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Q&A: Hacking VR Speaker Eloi Champagne – Immerse

Q&A: Hacking VR Speaker Eloi Champagne – Immerse | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
Is VR a communications platform? Is it cinema? Television? None of the above, says Eloi Champagne, “It’s a computing platform,” which is why, he suggests, it offers so many possibilities for art and…
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Making the Interactive Documentary "Oil to Die For"

Making the Interactive Documentary "Oil to Die For" | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
With a huge oil-drilling boom in North Dakota, the U.S. has been able to lower its dependence on foreign oil. But, as journalist Todd Melby discovered, this prosperity has come at a tragic cost.
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The Disappearance Act – Immerse

The Disappearance Act – Immerse | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
There is a corner of the web that tells us stories — non-fiction stories, specifically—which let us in on each other’s realities, ask us to slow down and contemplate. These works have many names…
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What’s causing the sudden boom in 360 videos in your social feeds?

What’s causing the sudden boom in 360 videos in your social feeds? | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
Inexpensive cameras that make spherical images are opening a new era in photography and changing the way people share stories.
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Immersive Storytelling: Moving from Transmission to Transaction

Immersive Storytelling: Moving from Transmission to Transaction | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
The shift from transmission to transaction is the shift from telling a story about a community to telling a story with a community. How do storytellers adapt?
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An exploration of binaural sound in VR storytelling

An exploration of binaural sound in VR storytelling | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
As part of my exploration of immersive video, I began experimenting with binaural audio. Sound is an important part of storytelling, and we cannot have a compelling and truly immersive VR experience…
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The Art and Science of VR: A Conversation between Scientists and Storytellers

How does our brain react to VR? How can neurobiology help us tell more effective stories? What can scientists learn from VR storytelling? And how d
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