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Principles of Interaction Design for Interactive Documentary Makers : Kino-Eye.com

Principles of Interaction Design for Interactive Documentary Makers : Kino-Eye.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

David Tames - "I’ve been looking for an interaction design book I could recommend to documentary filmmakers interested into expanding their practice beyond linear video and towards mobile devices and the web, and this is it. This is one book you’ll want in your library and after reading it you’ll keep going back to for inspiration and clarification."

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A short description of Janet H. Muray's book on interaction design. Some key observations by David...

 

"The affordances which comprise the palette for representation in any genre of digital media: 

 

procedural - composed of executable rules, I prefer to call this affordance computational

 

participatory  - inviting human action and manipulation of the represented world

 

spatial - navigable as information repository and/or virtual place

 

encyclopedic - containing very high capacity of information in multiple media formats"

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Reinvention Stories

Reinvention Stories | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In 2008, Forbes Magazine labeled Dayton, Ohio as one of the fastest dying cities in the nation. The GM plant had shuttered its doors, longtime residents were fleeing the city and those who stayed were trying to figure out, "What now?" Filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar were like many Dayton residents, disappointed by the dismal labeling of their city. Dayton is a city of inventors, after all, home to the Wright Brothers and birthplace of inventions like the pop-top can and the first electronic cash register. But it was also a place struggling with unemployment and depopulation. They decided to head out into the city and start asking people what they had been doing since the recession hit. What were they before? What happened? Who did they become?
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"The launch of Act One, which follows the lives of six people as they begin that first step of reinvention and takes the audience on a journey through the city of Dayton, as seen through its residents." Zeega has teamed up with filmmakers Julia and Steve to deliver an interactive film experience. 

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Bear 71 - FWA Site Of The Year 2012

Bear 71 - FWA Site Of The Year 2012 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
FWA Site Of The Year 2012, Favourite website awards. Web Awards recognising the very best in cutting edge website design.
Justin Nalepa's insight:

Such a great interactive documentary. Love the content, love the design, and love the overall experience; it has brought new possibilities to the realm of documentary.

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Secrets Of Interactive Filmmaking | XHIBITOR

Secrets Of Interactive Filmmaking | XHIBITOR | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

With the amount of time we spend online it’s no surprise that traditional narratives are morphing into a more web-friendly format. Documentary filmmakers have made excellent use of the possibilities the web provides to engage audiences in a different and, often less passive, way.

 

Documentaries now often encourage viewers to find out more about a topic using interactive features, while interactive fiction projects focus on deconstructing narrative and storytelling, forging new models that allow for viewers to become part of the story. Bear in mind, this is no easy task—there is no standard formula, each story needs a unique narrative design and has to be able to adapt to the unpredictability of human behavior.

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See What It’s Like To Escape From North Korea With Interactive Experience “The Defector”

See What It’s Like To Escape From North Korea With Interactive Experience “The Defector” | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
From the threats of nuclear weapons to larger-than-life dictatorial leaders, North Korea is without a doubt one of the least understood, most notorious countries in the world.

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“You can only do so much in film, but in an interactive web doc, you place the user in the point of view of a defector--they see, hear, and experience what a defector goes through,” says Shin, who’s also executive producer at Fathom. “It’s an incredibly powerful way of letting people understand experiences that are completely out of their realm."

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Insomnia - NFB/interactive - National Film Board of Canada

Insomnia - NFB/interactive - National Film Board of Canada | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
One person in three can't get to sleep. Why? A social and collaborative confessional produced by the NFB.
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Kūpuna: An interactive documentary

Kūpuna documents the small Hawaiian town of La'ie through the experiences and collective memories of its elderly, indigenous residents.

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Justin Nalepa's insight:

There are so many stories from our elders that tell of a time past that can really give context to our own family roots and habits. I think that recording these stories to share with future generations is one of the most important things we can do as documentarians, filmmakers and storytellers. It is the tradition of passing on oral stories and histories, but with current and new technologies we are able to take that experience to the next level; offering more engagement with subjects and audiences than ever before. 

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i-Docs's curator insight, December 13, 2012 9:59 AM

This new interactive documentary needs funding - can you help them out?