Crossover has been the first UK conference/summit/showcase to position i-docs at the same level of linear documentaries. When Crossover started in 2009 (only 4 years ago) the message was very clear: there are cross-overs between the documentary world and the digital one. i-docs are more than promotional websites for films, they are a new form, and Sheffield Doc/Fest is taking them seriously. An overview of Crossover’s 2009 programmesets the tone: keynotes were given to BBC authorities, emphasis on digital Britain, new business models and creative economies....
Open City Docs Fest is almost here and here at i-Docs we are pleased to announce we are running a lab on Saturday 22 June!
The i-Docs Lab is a session dedicated to the interactive documentary form. How can the web be used to offer new opportunities to speak about the real? How can documentary use digital interactivity to transform the audience into an active force? How does the production process work, and what are the challenges?
The i-Docs Lab is composed of two sessions: a detailed introduction by Sandra Gaudenzi to the emerging field of interactive documentary, followed by three case studies presented in depth by their producers. Each presenter will take you through the journey of their project, from idea phase through creative decisions to financial challenges. Documentary filmmaker Paulina Tervo will explain how they used the web to engage a whole community in Ethiopia in her web documentary Awra Amba; film producer Mike Paterson will share the challenges of crowdsourcing his project 94 Elements, and; Sidonie Garnier, co-producer of the French project Defense d’Afficher, will discuss how a mobile app can reinforce the content of a documentary by engaging an audience ‘on the ground’. The session will be hosted by Sandra Gaudenzi, co-organiser of i-Docs and interactive documentary specialist.
Abi Wright shares her notes from the recent discussion hosted by ONA-NYC and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in May.
"The future of documentaries is less about finding new ways to tell the story but using the tools that exist to tell great stories. That’s the conclusion of the Future of Documentary Storytelling panel that was hosted by ONA-NYC and the duPont AwardsMay 30, 2013 (...) They advised storytellers to understand audience engagement, the range of digital technologies that can be adapted to tell non-fiction stories and the importance of a narrative regardless of its platform."
Title- Growing Up With Less Country- Singapore Format- Interactive Documentary Student Project Creators - Benny Lim, Tring Hoang Ly, Candice Neo and Xu Yuanduan I have been searching for an interac...
Jaya Mahajan, who writes Factual for Asia is looking for any interesting multimedia, cross platform documentary projects being made in an Asian country - if you know of any, contact her through the site.
This Saturday, Gilles and I invited filmmakers and web developers to the first Popathon Hack Jam at the London Mozilla office. The event was born out of the wish to bring together two worlds that have...
"Database|Narrative|Archive is a collection of seven 'essays' by nine thinkers and makers in the emergent medium of nonlinear digital storytelling.
A profusion of recent scholarly writing and cultural commentary addresses the sprawling, emergent realm of interactive narrative, which is itself part of a profound historical development that has been referred to as “the computerization of culture.” Categories such as “electronic literature,” “interactive database narrative," and ‘transmedia’ scholarship are amongst the many neologisms claiming to describe some of the emergent characteristics of interactive narrative."
This project started in late 2011 when Florian Thalhofer and his later wife Elissavet Aggou traveled trough Greece to chat with people about how they are dealing with the economic situation they are in. While on the road, they wrote a blog about their experiences. The blog is still available in German and Greek.
They came back from their trip with lots of material: more than 30 hours of interviews. With the help of the Goethe-Institut Athen all the material was translated and with the help of the greek editor Lefteris Fylaktos the material was pre-edited into 203 clips with a duration of 4 1/2 hours in total. This material was then previewed in public viewings in Berlin and Athens, where the audience became part of the editing process. People were invited to rate and comment the material. Based on these ratings the material was selected, which should be worked on further. The rating also took place on the internet where people could register and rate and comment online. The raw-material is still available and the rating-process is still ongoing. All the data from the ratings was (and still is) collected and determines what makes it into the film.
There were three groups that participated in the previewing process: Greeks, Germans and Greeks living abroad. We quickly learned that these groups had very different opinions on some of the clips. These clips were identified to be very controversial.
The clips, that made it into the final selection, were not just the ones, that were valued the most, but also the most controversial clips. When you watch GELD.GR it is indicated with a color-bar how much a clip was liked or disliked in a certain group.
This film is not a normal film. Normal films are the same every time you look at it. This is a Korsakow-Film, it changes its structure – not by random – there are rules that define which scene links to which scene. You – the viewer – get a selection of clips offered that match the previous clip, and you can choose, which clip will be next. And don’t worry, clips that you have not picked now will be offered again at some point.
There are all these fragments, these impressions of Greece and please notice: This is not a puzzle to solve, there is no right order. There are just different ways to look at things.
"Arnau is in the process of interviewing a number of practitioners, scholars, and students of interactive documentary about the state of the field. He will be posting select clips on the OpenDocLab website. First up is Part 1 of an interview with OpenDocLab Principal Investigator William Uricchio.!
"In this series we focus on the theoretical part of the study of interactive documentary. We will conduct video interviews with the main experts in the field based on six key questions:
(1) the definition, how would they define the interactive documentary;
(2) the evolution of the form, whether they believe that the interactive documentary is a natural evolution of the linear documentary;
(3) the change in the logics and dynamics, if they believe there is a change in the logics of production, distribution and exhibition;
(4) the role of the author, if they believe that the role of the author is threatened;
(5) the business model; and (6) their views on the production, research and events organized by countries that are active in this field, placing special emphasis on Canada and France."
"Step behind the scenes with the producers of Localore, a public media production by AIR (airmedia.org). See how twelve intrepid makers led year-long multimedia project at 10 radio and TV stations across the country—reaching and involving a broad swath of communities via broadcast, digital and street media. Localore is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at Localore.net"