Arnau Gifreu Castells: "Mixing documentary (non-fiction) and game (fiction) seems a strategy that many interactive documentary producers are considering, because the fact of reality combined with a structure that includes the users and put themselves at the heart of the action, creates a much more hyper and immersed scenario for the interactive documentary and its participants"...
Werner Herzog: "Number one, I do not do interviews. I have no questions. I do conversations but I have no catalogue of questions. And when they ask me, are you a TV journalist? I say ‘No I am a Bavarian filmmaker, I do films. But lets face it I’m not a journalist, I’m a poet"...
DRC: A glimpse behind the curtain at the process of a great filmmaker.
"The head of beActive Media & MIPCube speaker explains how transmedia tactics can be applied to documentary and factual entertainment shows."
In this article Nuno Bernado discusses his journey from transmedia projects aimed at teen girls to developing "documentaries and factual TV series aimed at older audiences". With 350 South, beActive is taking the "extended documentary" into the transmedia realm by way of social media and audience engagement.
For more on factual television's embrace of transmedia, you might want to check out the "Action Documentary" Battle Castle and read more on their transmedia approach over at Digital Media Wire.
It's an exciting time for filmmakers and storytellers who are exploring ways to enhance their stories via the web. One of the new genres to emerge is the "web" or "connected" documentary. In essence, these are documentary projects that try to engage...
"[Connected Documentary] is an emerging field. But for filmmakers hacking on web-based stories, it basically boils down to this: You have to commit to the fact the “thing” you are making is not a linear, unchanging video with a discrete runtime (even if your users will experience it as such). For all intents and purposes, you’re making a web app."
Dan Schoenbrun: "And, while the discussions this year did focus on the issue of sustainability, there was still plenty of universal wisdom dispensed that social issue filmmakers – no matter their chosen subject matter – should bear in mind"...
"Why talk about the HTML5 standard, about Flash, about programming in a [i-Docs] symposium about interactive documentaries? Because in the digital world the technology moulds the content. The narrative possibilities will sooner or later clash with the technological ones. The distance between what is imagined and what is produced is marked by the latter."
DRC: A look at 3 editors for interactive content: Popcorn Maker, Klynt, and 3WDOC. You'll find the slideshow that accompanies this discussion here.
"The Portapak, a helically scanned 1/2inch video camera with built in sound and a separate tape deck, had been on the market for nearly a decade when John [Gaventa] decided that he could use it with the strikers and their families to hold a virtual meeting"...
[This post seves as an introduction to a session that Brian Winston will be holding at the 2012 i-docs Symposium (UK) but it also makes an interesting stand-alone read.]
"Just launched at Sundance, Bear 71 is a brilliant interactive documentary created by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison with the NFB Digital Studio. It’s a haunting story told from the point-of-view of a female grizzly bear – Bear 71 – about humans and animals in the Banff National Park, and how animals are being devastated in that relationship."
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