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How is being transformed the "traditional" documentary ? "interactive", "transmedia", "webdoc" ...adjectives that make the difference.
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Interactivity as a “story disruptor” series: Brett Gaylor pt. 1

Interactivity as a “story disruptor” series: Brett Gaylor pt. 1 | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"Editor Joe Botana (@Zbutcher) and I [Eric Wise] interview Brett Gaylor, documentary filmmaker and director of Mozilla’s Popcorn.js project.

Brett talks about his background as a documentarian, his frustrations with the limitations of early Web distribution and how he convinced an Internet titan to care about the future of filmmaking."

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Another confirmation (if there was any need) that innovation is almost always the result of different skills collaboration.

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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, January 11, 2013 7:53 AM

The idea of "interactivity as a 'story disruptor" is an old one & there are design strategies for interactivity that reverse that model. Must listen to the whole video(s) - bookmarking

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With interactive elements, digital documentaries are changing the way we tell and consume stories

With interactive elements, digital documentaries are changing the way we tell and consume stories | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

Yonge Street, a weekly online magazine from Toronto region, dedicates a post to the amazing work done by the National Film Board about the interactive documentary.

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Excellent summary on the milestone work undertaken by NFB.

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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, January 10, 2013 7:47 AM

great piece in Yonge Street on iDocs, NFB, Kat & Gerry!

Justin Nalepa's curator insight, February 22, 2013 11:23 AM

Great article on the NFB's work in the world of interactive documentaries.

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Interviews Preview: interactivity as a “story disruptor”

Interviews Preview: interactivity as a “story disruptor” | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"Video platforms are emerging that now make it possible to add layers of remixable context to finished videos, effectively extending post-production indefinitely.

How does this effect ways we edit and tell stories?

In this interactive Vine Vid, editor Joe Botana and I have a pre-game talk about this month’s guests and their game-changing content platforms."

 

Preview of a series of interviews focused on the game-changing content platforms.

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Very interesting the editor's point of view about this topic.
Finally also the editors get out of the closet to reveal (we hope) how much kinship there is between the editing process and the new forms of storytelling.

To understand what will be discussed the next time, just go to 4 '35 ".
Promising.

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Future Factual - Mandy Rose @BBC Fusion Summit

"Mandy Rose, who has been involved with participatory and interactive media for nearly two decades, offers an overview of what's happening where documentary meets networked culture, with reflections on co-creation, crowd-funding, open rights frameworks and distribution"

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Very informative and effective presentation.

More about Mandy and her work here:

CollabDocs  http://bit.ly/Tfq726

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Perspectives on interactive documentary storytelling at IDFA Doclab

Perspectives on interactive documentary storytelling at IDFA Doclab | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
IDFA DOC LABS 2012 - SubmarineChannel

 

Very interesting thoughts of the main protagonists of the IDFA DocLab

(and not only).

We only have to wait a couple of days to see all the rest of the interviews.

 

Contents:

> Putting the buzzwords of interactive documentary into perspective

(William Uricchio - MIT Open Doc Lab)


> What do a bear, technology and human beings have in common?

(Jeremy Mendes - Bear 71)


> How does interactivity help in documentaries?

(Andrew Devigal - Second Story)


> Storytelling that strenghtens the content

(Kel O'Neill & Eline Jongsma  - Empire Project)


> Can a documentary be shot and directed entirely by robots?

(Alexander Reben - Robot-Generated Documentaries)


> Team Insomnia


> Making stories interactive with StoryPlanet (Bjarke Myrthu - StoryPlanet)


> Expanding the documentary at IDFA DOCLAB: where story is [still] king! (Caspar Sonnen - DocLab's curator)


> Alma: a tale of violence wins IDFA - Alexander Brachet


> Bruno Felix (Submarine Channel)


> Jane Burton (creative producer at Tate Media)

 

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Whatever the term, though, it is clear these are all evolving buzzwords, and success in this web storytelling domain is not formulaic. With projects that range the interactive spectrum, IDFA DocLab represents the year's best-practice examples of emerging modes of digital storytelling and new visual languages. It also serves as an idyllic time to take stock of just how far storytelling on the web has come in the last five years, and speculate about its future.

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A meta i-doc that wants to photograph the situation of interactive documentary.

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Collaborate to the creation of a Web Documentary Manifesto!

Collaborate to the creation of a Web Documentary Manifesto! | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
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Sandra Gaudenzi, hosted by i-Docs, invites us to participate in the creation of the Web Documentary Manifesto already started by Brett Gaylor, Zeega and MIT OpenDocLab.
In order to contribute simply add your own definition of what is or must be a Web Documentary on a shared document in Googledoc.

 

So let's start?

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Le low cost passe en mode industriel - Cahier de tendances médias

Available in French only.

excerpts (freely translated from French):

We enter into a new information revolution, more industrial, which promotes the empowerment of citizens, already connected to each other.


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Very interesting the part related to transmedia ("Penser, écrire, produire transmédia: la question du prix") in this great picture on the ongoing revolution of new media at low cost offered by France Televisions.

 

"The early promise offered by these instruments ("DIY a webdoc") is a double fault and is the main reason for the difficulty in finding an audience, uses and a robust economic model.

(...) Doing everything ourselves, it means depriving the bridges that the web offers: dazzling and unexpected mashup, before impossible , including talents very different from each other such as designers, developers, scientists, journalists, etc.."

 

 

 

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Slow journalism project merges ancient voyage with new media

Slow journalism project merges ancient voyage with new media | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
Paul Salopek is about embark on a journey - a seven year, 39 country voyage to retrace the footsteps of ...

 

Slow journalism project merges ancient voyage & new media

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Pop Up Archive Breathes New (Media) Life into Dusty Archives | PBS

Pop Up Archive Breathes New (Media) Life into Dusty Archives | PBS | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

Pop Up Archive is an interesting project for archiving digital content in collaboration with SoundCloud and the Internet Archive.

 

The project created using web services (Omeka, an open source web publishing platform integrated with Wordpress) makes "archival audiovisual content searchable, shareable and reusable, without requiring technical expertise or substantial resources from producers"

 

Their goal is "for Pop Up Archive participants to realize the added efficiency of sharing content using web services, and feel empowered to catalog their content at the time of its creation -- without even realizing that they have made an active decision to archive. Content creators know the most about the material that they create, and it's ideal to organize and preserve that material in a manner that incorporates easily into existing workflows, at the time of creation, rather than at some point down the road."

 

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We're paying close attention as audio and video material finds new life on the web and the boundaries between media formats increasingly blur. Frameworks like Zeega and libraries like Mozilla's Popcorn.js are stretching our definitions of interactive documentary and narrative, and producers and stations are incorporating web resources of all formats in beautiful work

 

Why not create better partnerships between innovators in content creation and innovators in content preservation and access? For these projects, Pop Up Archive will provide a gateway to invaluable archival material.

 

Further details on their website: http://bit.ly/XmvkJX

 

And by the way ...Adam Curtis's blog is here: http://bbc.in/11NQccg

 

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Documentary Object-ivity? | Open Documentary Lab at MIT

Documentary Object-ivity? | Open Documentary Lab at MIT | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

Another interesting report of the Mozilla Festival 2012, this time focused on the relationship between three major players:  documentary art form, technology and physical world.

 

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Why are we doc makers hurrying to migrate our art form onto the web, when technologists are clamoring to move their art off of it and back into the physical world?

 

What can documentary learn from physical computing?

 

 

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Meograph: The Future of Storytelling is 4D (with Context) | PBS

Meograph: The Future of Storytelling is 4D (with Context) | PBS | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

J.D. Lasica via PBS's MediaShift Idea Lab

 

"With Meograph, you can create what co-founder and CEO Misha Leybovich calls "4D storytelling" through a simple interface that lets users add images, video and text to a story they want to tell. It's free.

 

Today if you have a story to tell, you can publish a video to YouTube and write a blog post about it, but it starts to get funky if you want to add a lot of photos or tell how the story evolves over time. Meograph lets you create and share interactive stories that combine video with maps, a timeline and links, filling in that often missing context of where and when."

 


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Attitudes, Behaviours and Storytelling. Social science and twenty-first century ideas.

 

Another interesting video from "Power to the Pixel" 2012 about the presentation of Wayne Fletcher*.

 

Among the topics covered:

- storytelling from the audience's perspective

- how should we think about innovation

- people and innovations, people and storytelling

 

Excerpts:

 

"If we want to be successful, innovators or communicators in the twenty-first century we need to think very carefully, very closely to the motivations that people have to consume."

 

"If you understand the internal and external structure that govern certain action you're more likely to be able to influence those actions in the future.

 

I think the same applies in communication and in storytelling: if you understand the motivation the people have to consume certain types of entertainment and media then you're more likely to be able to produce content and media that people want to consume and share."

 

*for a short bio: http://bit.ly/Um05Ke

 

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Remixing Remix: Mozilla Festival 2012

Remixing Remix: Mozilla Festival 2012 | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action—media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share.

 

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Documentary filmmakers have increasing access to new tools for remixing and web documentary thanks to open source webmakers. At the 2012 Mozilla Festival, Brett Gaylor, director of the 2008 documentary "RiP: A Remix Manifesto," took center stage to announce the official launch of Popcorn Maker 1.0.

 

Web-native documentary (...) what does this have to do with my filmmaking? This isn't the first time we've thrown around "web-native documentary" and "Popcorn" here at the Center, but the good news is now you get to tinker with it firsthand.

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Mattia Nicoletti's comment, November 26, 2012 10:32 AM
Dear Siobhan, very interesting article. I just wrote a poat on my blog about the remix era and the effect on social tv . I am very curious what do you think about it
Mattia Nicoletti's comment, November 26, 2012 10:33 AM
This the post i referred to http://screendome.com/?p=106
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The Current State of Interactive Documentaries

Awards, festivals, prominent industry players, clubs, over the past ten years or so, the interactive documentary has really come into its own.  But has the "webdoc" established itself beyond the circle of professionals and other industry insiders, as an independent genre?"

 

(First) four minutes and thirty dedicated to interactive documentary basically French

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, January 14, 2013 2:16 AM

Interactivity for docs the public isn't ready for it they are for webdocs and even producers, writers and filmmakers are making money with it. How can I learn that 

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Insights Into the “Interactive Documentary” Realm: An Introduction

I’m Paulina Tervo. I have been invited to write for the blog in the next few weeks around the topic of Interactive Documentary. Firstly, I would like to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my background.

 

"It is an exciting time to be a media maker. We have access to data and stories like never before. Yet, all of this presents a challenge for us."

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An introduction to the interactive documentary suitable for beginners

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Binary Racoon's curator insight, January 7, 2013 7:19 PM

His 8 points to looks for at the end of the article are golden.

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ArtDoc » IDOCS – BRONNEN

ArtDoc » IDOCS – BRONNEN | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"We wanted to set up an archive of existing interactive documentaries, but then we discovered that DocShift has already started one, and they have done it extremely well! To our knowledge it is the most extensive web archive"

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A valuable collection of resources available on the web regarding the interactive documentary.

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IDFA 2012 : La conférence sur le documentaire interactif

IDFA 2012 : La conférence sur le documentaire interactif | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

Second article du Blog documentaire sur l’IDFA 2012 (IDFA pour « International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam »). Nous nous intéressons ici à « l’avenir » des écritures documentaires, notamment discuté lors de la conférence dédiée au « documentaire interactif ». C’était le 18 novembre 2012, et Mariona Vivar y assistait… Compte-rendu.


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How to Finance, Produce and Distribute Cross-Media Projects | Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012

There have been a growing number of interesting documentary projects in the cross-media and/ or transmedia field in recent years. Experience in how to tell s...

 

Participants of this panel are:

Liz Rosenthal - Power to the Pixel

Georg Tschurtschenthaler - Gebrueder Beetz

Lina Srivastava - Social Innovation Strategies

Mahyad Tousi - BooGn Studios

Bick Cohen - Mediacom

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Some interesting cross-media case studies that reveal patterns of production very different from the linear documentary

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Createasphere-BrandedContent-WhitePaper.pdf

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Createasphere offers this brief guide written by Kate McCallum, an experienced transmedia producer. E-mail required.

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EDN: member of the month – INGRID KOPP, Tribeca Film Institute

EDN: member of the month – INGRID KOPP, Tribeca Film Institute | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

 

Interviewed by EDN*, Ingrid Kopp explains the values that drive the New Media Fund, as well as practical information to gain access to the Fund.


An opportunity to reaffirm her commitment to build collaborative networks and support innovative non-fiction works.

 

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Every year I see new initiatives emerging. It’s hard to predict what will happen although I am increasingly fond of the idea that the only way to predict the future is to create it. I am a huge believer in the power of documentary storytelling. I continue to love and support linear documentaries too. For me this is all about creating a space where important stories can be told, where innovation can take place, and where we are always thinking about who gets to tell stories and who gets to participate in them.

 

I’m very keen to continue to build collaborative networks between people working in different disciplines: film, code, design, academia, change etc. For me, this creative collaboration is the most fertile space to drive this work forward. It means we get to explore new tools, new methodologies and new ways of looking at the world – all things that inquisitive documentary makers are naturally good at! It is also personally very fulfilling because I have always been both a documentary film lover and a technology geek and it is wonderful to see those worlds come together in my work.

 

 

*European Documentary Network is a network of international professionals based in Denmark, Europe.

 

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Redefined Documentary at IDFA

Redefined Documentary at IDFA | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

An excellent report from IDFA 2012. Must read!

 

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Documentary film was pushing traditional boundaries at the 2012 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). From the DocLab's exhibitions to the intensity of audio, IDFA is leading the way in creative spaces for meaningful documentary that thinks outside the silver screen.

 

 

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The Zeega revolution: remake the Internet!

The Zeega revolution: remake the Internet! | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
It has been difficult to keep track of the authoring tool that have emerged lately: seven new tools (Klynt,  Popcorn Maker, 3WDOC, Conductr, Storyplanet, Galahad and Zeega) in the last two years&#8...

 

An in-depth interview with Jesse Shapins from Zeega made by Sandra Gaudenzi during the last Mozilla Festival. Must read!


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The Futures of Nonfiction Storytelling - MIT TechTV

The Futures of Nonfiction Storytelling - MIT TechTV | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

Interesting panel held at MIT in November 2011.

 

From their experience, the four experts explain how technologies have brought to light new problems (eg, crowdsourcing used to identify dissidents in Iran), and new forms of project (eg providing a mosaic of experiences rather than creating separate groups opposed between them).

 

And if the panel is introduced by the moderator Jonathan Taplin with "The Crowd is Often Wrong" ... then it must be seen.

 

 

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Interactive Documentary Conference – Amsterdam – Nov 2012

Interactive Documentary Conference – Amsterdam – Nov 2012 | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
There was an upbeat mood at last Sunday’s Interactive Documentary Conference, organised by Casper Sonnen for the fifth anniversary of the IDFA new media programme Doclab. The one-day event was one ...

 

Thanks to i-DOCs a summary of the key moments of the Interactive Documentary Conference held in Amsterdam on November 18.

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A storytelling revolution? Zeega at #mozfest

Jesse Shapins, documentary artist, media theorist and co-creator of Zeega, shows us us how the web interactive editor works. Could this tool change the way w...

 

We talked about Zeega so often. This time, let's see this short Jesse Shapins interview.

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