How did the clothes you're wearing get to you? Guardian journalists trace the lifecycle of the shirt on your back via the teeming workshops of Dhaka, where labour is cheap, factories are cheaper and just going to work can be fatal
In the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia, a unique community has evolved based on egalitarian principles. Zumra Nuru, who founded Awra Amba in 1972, explains how he realised his childhood vision of creating a democratic, self-sustaining society where men and women are equals, while a young couple explain how they have benefited
"Interactive documentary, or transmedia, or whatever we call it, is still bleeding edge. It'll get a name, as The Goggles told us, once "a lot of people actually like what they see and say to themselves, ‘I want more of that.'" Story is the anchor of the experience, don't forget; don't overwhelm users with too many choices"
Exciting news from Tribeca last week as they announce their selections for the upcoming festival. Five projects made it into the interactive Storyscapes section, including Choose Your Own Documentary – a show which is part of i-Docs 2014! Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, is a juried section at the Festival …
Mike Robbins, from Helios Design Lab (the guys behind NFB’s Highrise, OFFSHORE and 17,000 Islands) has participated to the UX Series by responding to Question 5: Rapid prototyping and testing: what to test for, and when, in i-doc production? I asked Mike to tell me about the way they’ve been testing their projects and… interestingly …
I am always appreciative of documentaries that push the boundaries of the form, but experiencing them leaves me wondering too often: Can interactive documentaries make us feel something in the same way that traditional cinema can?
Lovely review of Choose your own Documentary - glad to see it's well received state side:
"Choose Your Own Documentary is a hybrid film and live performance whose path (one of a possible 1,500+) is determined by the audience through a series of choices made via remote control. The protagonist, Nathan Penlington, does a kind of live DVD commentary as he leads you through a series of short films about his search for the mysterious original owner of a collection of Choose Your Own Adventurebooks from the 1980′s that he secured on eBay.
I appreciate that the interactive device is not just a shtick — it has direct relevance to the story’s content. More importantly, the voting creates real audience engagement with a tale that is successful for some of the same reasons that many narrative films are – it is a personal story told by an authentic, vulnerable, relatable protagonist. And ultimately it has a traditional story arc with emotional peaks and valleys no matter what path the audience chooses."
Immigrant Nation explores our connections to immigration, past and present, through storytelling.
At the heart of this project is a simple idea: the U.S. is a nation shaped by immigration, and most families have personal story about it. These stories, whether they happened generations ago or quite recently, are not often shared. We want to bring them to the surface - exploring the interconnectedness of these narratives.
Immigrant Nation has three components: - this web site - a series of short documentary films - live events in schools, museums, libraries, film festivals and other public spaces designed to engage diverse communities in sharing their immigrant stories
“All we know is that traditional rules of filmmaking no longer apply,” Danfung said. “We’re focused on the technical aspect to begin with as there are still big challenges in the capture, workflow, and playback … but I think the even bigger challenge is the new visual language that is going to emerge.”
“The interface is content” says Alexandre Brachet from Upian. What does this mean? The interface is no just a way to navigate through content, it is a way to place the user within a story space, and by doing so it gives roles, it explains the possibilities, it generates feelings in the users… and it …
“Why make an experimental documentary and not a feature film?”
The answer to that would be that the structure of the project arose organically to match the sprawling nature of the subject matter. It’s not just the time of movies right now, since we have long form TV and online video, and all kinds of new forms coming up. Because it is distributed across so many platforms, Empire is very much of this time.