Our first hackathon was held last weekend in Amsterdam. 26 participants from The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Portugal worked in six teams to produce innovative web stories. On our liveblog (hackastory.com/liveblog/ ) you can find out how the different teams developed their projects.
Final results: Team 1. hackastory.goncalves.me Team 2. ding.driesdepoorter.be (login: louis / password: delay) Team 3. A Guide to Cinema in VR bit.ly/1KFzKQ0 Team 4. webfolly.com/storyhacker Team 5. newsbricks.herokuapp.com (choose a muppet to login) Team 6. bethepresident.today
Had a great time last weekend during our first hackathon in Amsterdam. Want to join us next time? check out our website hackastory.com and follow us on Twitter @hackastory and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/hackastory/ .
An interview with Ingrid Kopp, the director of digital initiatives at Tribeca.
You’ve been all over the world in 2014 – what things excited you the most? What were eye-openers for you?
I was on a bit of a mission to explore interactive storytelling more globally in 2014. I wanted to get more of a sense of how this work is developing internationally, and how funding mechanisms work in different regions.
Trends for interactive storytelling in 2015 (from the interview):
* Virtual reality
* tech embracing projects vs more traditional webdocs using social media to spread the story
Amy O’Leary leaves the NY Times and starts at Upworthy.
Nieman Lab: Are there one or two big takeaways that have come out of those conversations with external people? "One was that we had to think about the promotion and distribution of our stories, and two, that we had to do storytelling in an integrated way. "
Vandaag precies 25 jaar geleden werd het Nederlands elftal Europees Kampioen in Duitsland. Dit is hoe die dag beleefd werd door rechtsback Berry van Aerle, die geen bijgeloof had, het shirt niet lelijk vond en gewoon altijd zijn best deed.
Nicely designed (Dutch) longread about the European Football Championship finals 25 years ago. With nice add-ons like a running clock indicating the time of the day.
Let’s talk about why we’re not talking, shall we? I’ve noticed a recent video journalism trend against treating the audience to a bit of narration. Yes, I said narration: the stuff so many video journalists shy from.
Photographer Aaron Huey gives a 4 minute talk on how he and National Geographic are planning to give the subject of one of his photo stories a true voice online. He will be using www.cowbird.com to give the subject the possibility to tell their own stories on the website of NG.
Les deux albums d'Auschwitz is an impressive interactive webdoc based on two photo albums (hence the name). One showing the life inside the camp and the other daily life from SS-soldiers. It also has the personal story Lili Jacob Meier, a camp surviver.
This is an 'open world' webdoc with pictures, sounds, interviews and text. The items are placed on a world map, depending on your zoom level they appear. It also has a time-wheel, highlighting the items from a specific period.
It's a good choice they also included several story paths, because these open-world docs sometimes are too overwhelming with information.
There’s a scene toward the end of Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography in which Michael Chapman talks about the work he did with Martin Scorsese on Raging Bull. He mentions Scorsese’s understanding of what “the storytelling of a shot is really going to be … all you need is this one shot, and it’s so good, and so evocative, and so powerful, emotionally, that it will get you from A to B without any coverage, without any worry.”
A candid look at the lives of the men and women who quite literally do our dirty work, Bubble Dancers brings the dish pit to the desktop. Shedding new light on the restaurant industry, this interactive documentary designed for laptop and PC features stories usually drowned out by the clanging of pots and pans.
This webdoc let you meet 10 inhabitants of St. John (Canada) that share the same job: dishwashing. Each is a 3-minute portrait focusing on their 'other side' and why they choose this job. There's a PhD-student, hiphop-artist, refugee, etc.
There are many ways to define the interactive documentary genre. Some may describe it as deconstructed storytelling. Others, non-linear narratives. Or maybe London College of Media lecturer Sandra Gaudenzi is onto something with this all-encompassing explanation: “I would consider an interactive documentary is not linked by the industry with the ‘documentary family’ and is called an online forum, a digital art piece, a locative game, an educational product, a 3D world, an emotional map.”
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