Realscreen talks with producers who are transforming the documentary experience using interactive games and buzzy transmedia elements to discover what works best in the doc world. (Pictured: docugame Fort McMoney)
Can universities keep up with a fast-changing industry? Josh Davis has harnessed opportunities in both academic and real-world settings to create award-winning interactive documentaries. Through the lens of his experience working on Powering a Nation’s “100 Gallons” and NPR’s "Planet Money Makes a T-shirt” he discusses who really leads.
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'Hollow' is an interactive documentary that merges cinematic techniques with web-based storytelling to encourage a dialogue about the issues that small-town America faces. The project examines the lives of 30 individuals living in McDowell County, W.Va., an area that is representative of many boom-and-bust areas across the country. McDowell County has lost almost 80 percent of its population since 1950 and continues to lose more young people every year due to a lack of economic opportunity. This rural brain drain has left many counties across the nation with an aging demographic and failing infrastructure. However, many people—approximately 22,000—continue to live and work in McDowell. They feel a great sense of pride and belonging and believe they are there to help improve and move the county into the future.
Every edition of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest is different, but for me this year was particularly special because I came with two hats: my usual i-doc observer one, and my new i-doc director/producer one. In other words: this year I presented a project to the Crossover Market and got selected. So, together with Mike Robbins from Helios Design Labs and Sarah Arruda, I presented Digital Me, a project in its infancy... Sandra Gaudenzi's insiders view of this years Sheffield Doc/Fest Crossover Market
Can you think of a better place to do a hackathon?
This hack (which we are doing in partnership with Storycode Paris and Cross Video Days; and the support of NUMA and the cultural services of the French Embassy in the US) will focus on the creative process around new media storytelling, how to get from a one-line idea to a basic prototype and an efficient pitch. Each team will be assigned to a professional mentor and have access to masterclasses, which will facilitate the creative process and create a space for regular feedback. Projects will be judged by a prestigious jury, with the criteria focusing on each team’s storytelling approach, innovation and execution during the closing night of Tribeca Hacks <Paris>. The top three projects being presented during the Cross Video Days Festival, June 19-20.
The Awra Amba Experience is an incredible project which I first encountered at i-Docs 2012, where Paulina Tervo (project producer/director/lead) presented the initial stages of the interactive documentary and introduced us to this inspiring community. Two years on and the project is nearing the end of a crowd-funding campaign that aims to get the interactive documentary finished and online.
I caught up with Paulina and Serdar Ferit (director/ cinematographer/editor) to see how the project has developed and how crowd-funding has affected their overall process.
At the end of March, i-Docs 2014 took place and although I documented the event through Storify, it’s been a struggle to pull together my key takeaways as Hot Docs, Webdox, i_doc Workshop and TFI Interactive seemed to continue so many of the themes and expand upon them in interesting ways.
So this has now become a much longer, two-part list of take-aways, full of great examples and worthwhile links – enjoy!
A web documentary exploring the impact of the FIFA World Cup. What is the effect of the international sports spectacle on the people who live and work in the immediate vicinity of a stadium? Through audio stories, text stories and photography we seek to answer the question: who are the real winners of the World Cup?
The documentary Lagos Wide and Close - An Interactive Journey into an Exploding City, arose from Rem Koolhaas' 2001 visit to Lagos, Nigeria with filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, hoping to document a phase in one of Africa's fastest growing cities. The doc's unique direction allows viewers to...
"The landscape of interactive documentaries is exploding, so where are all the interactive narrative films on the web? Right here. ITVS, Murmur, Storycode & Ted Hope will discuss the emerging genre of interactive narrative film, next-gen web series, & how creating immersive storyworlds can build audiences for feature films. "
"Jonathan Harris gives the Closing Keynote for the 2014 TFI Interactive by looking at the disconnect between what we envision technology will do for us, and what it actually ends up doing to our lives."
"Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world."
At the Interactive at Sheffield Event, running from June 7th to June 10th, Crossover Labs will present fifteen projects that push the boundaries of interactive documentary filmmaking across several platforms.