The emergence of multimedia interactivity in documentary filmmaking leads us to, once again ask, “What makes a documentary a documentary?” Many people I know gave up on this question a long time ag...
Must read essay by Jason Brush on interactive documentary:
"beyond curiosity, the medium of film benefits from interactivity as a way to extend the filmmaker’s creative voice. Interactivity presents new formal opportunities to tell stories. It presents new aesthetic potential. It presents new ways to connect with audiences. It provides new opportunities to creatively interpret and reflect reality."
Great resource for interactive doc makers and researchers - Elaine McMillion-Sheldon's case study presentation from i-Docs 2014 where she went into incredible detail about working with the community, the process of making the doc and the legacy of it once it's out in the world. Raises a lot of interesting points about the current state of the field of interactive documentary.
Would you ever talk with your partner about what one of you would do if the other cheated? Or about the best memories you both have from your relationship? Or about what the power dynamic is like between you? Obviously these are difficult conversations to have, but they’re ones that we need to have
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
My beloved enemy - Iraqi-American Stories is an I-doc about Iraqis settled in the USA, ten years after the war broke out | My beloved enemy - Iraqi-American Stories est un webdocumentaire sur l’exil des Irakiens aux Etats-Unis, dix ans après le début de la guerre.
Launch into space with a Chrome Experiment that follows the entire 36-year- long odyssey of the ISEE-3. See its entire path as an interactive documentary, read its instruments, and view its live trajectory and position as it flies through interplanetary space. spacecraftforall.com
TUESDAY EVENING UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 28 – 30, 2014
The renowned Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and DOK Leipzig cooperate for this innovative workshop-event focusing on interactive storytelling and exploring new tools and methods of story creation. Connecting media artists, filmmakers, digital storytellers or authors with programmers, games developers and web designers, the >Tribeca Hacks at DOK Leipzig< is a new platform for creative encounter, professional exchange and practical work experience.
New capabilities demand new conventions for communicating with viewers as well as new processes for authors.
"Nonfiction storytelling has the power to effect radical change, but interactive documentary is an immature medium. Traditional media forms have developed conventions that orient the audience in time and space and help them understand what to expect. Music has time signatures and the pentatonic scale; film has the establishing shot and the “180-degree rule.” As each medium matures over generations, audiences learn to become oriented quickly enough that authors can play with or deviate from those rules to great effect. Interactive storytelling, especially documentary, is a long way from that. The new capabilities demand new conventions for communicating with viewers as well as new processes for authors."
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...