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How is being transformed the "traditional" documentary ? "interactive", "transmedia", "webdoc" ...adjectives that make the difference.
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How an interactive documentary on West Virginia was put together (Hollow)

How an interactive documentary on West Virginia was put together (Hollow) | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"it is important to be willing to throw stuff out and reiterate. Especially in this field where there are no roadmaps here and no manuals. It’s important to show a lot of humility with a team of people especially with different backgrounds, which can be hard to do."

- Storybench

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Making Hollow: case study & interview with Elaine McMillion-Sheldon - i-Docs 2014

Making Hollow: case study & interview with Elaine McMillion-Sheldon - i-Docs 2014 | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
"An insightful and detailed talk which is a must watch for any independent producers looking to make an interactive documentary, as Elaine outlines the huge scale of work and commitment involved – enjoy!"
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Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow | OpenDocLab

Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow | OpenDocLab | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"I sat down with art director and UX (user experience) designer Jeff Soyk to discuss the design process behind Hollow, a community-based interactive documentary about rural West Virginia directed by Elaine McMillion."

by Sean Flynn

 

"SF: What advice would you give to filmmakers from a linear background approaching nonlinear, interactive work for the first time?

JS: (...)  it’s important to not fall victim to the temptation of technology. It’s so easy to see all the flashy things out there and people getting caught up in the “wow factor,” without actually being able to peel it apart, know how it was built, why it was built that way, what is making it successful or not. "

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A very interesting interview about the  "UX behind the scene" 

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A New Mythology. The Internet is the Next Great Story

A New Mythology. The Internet is the Next Great Story | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

Storytelling via the Internet needs a better name.

 

"Before climbing onto the project, Hollow’s producer Nathaniel Hansenand I had for a couple years asked ourselves a question, roughly: 

 

is it even possible to produce interactive online cinematic content that maintains strong narrative and is as engaging as traditional forms of media?

 

Our assumption was that “interactive storytelling” on the web is like the wild west of non-fiction filmmaking, with very few rules, artists working to stake their claim, and unlimited virtual land up for grabs.

Yes, the technology is young, but it’s also a blank canvas, with endless possibilities. Further, because the Internet connects both individuals and technology across time and space, there’s a contextualized “hyper” element that no other medium can employ as cosmically among disparate communities and storytellers."

by Robert Hall - web developer for Hollow

 

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Really interesting issues

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Jens Peter Madsen's curator insight, December 6, 2013 6:15 AM

I´m working with the art of oral storytelling in digital medias.

I have a a danish site www.digitalstoryteller.dk

It´s soon going to appear in english version

Please inform med about eaxmples of oral storytelling in digital medias.

Storeteller

Jens Peter Madsen, Denmark

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American Futures - Hollow & Question Bridge

American Futures - Hollow & Question Bridge | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"June 20th saw the launch of Hollow – Elaine McMillion’s ambitious interactive documentary about post-industrial life and hope in McDowell County, West Virginia.

Dealing with one community but telling a common story of rural America – Hollow has already received much well-deserved attention. The site has attracted over 20,000 viewers from around the world, and a screening locally drew in over 150 residents. 

McMillion has come up with a treatment that is both immersive and participatory – providing a vivid, moving portrait of this rural American community and an ongoing platform for local communication.."

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In-depth analysis of two interesting projects.

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A conversation with Elaine McMillion Sheldon about Hollow

A conversation with Elaine McMillion Sheldon about Hollow | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"During production we had a meeting every month we invited people to that we called a workshop, I think it was two or three hours. We rented the high school and had people come for ome training in how to shoot a video or shoot photos, and we also did screenings of the stuff that I was shooting to get feedback. In our first workshop participants identified the themes that were important to the community story. They helped us shape the stories that we ended up telling. This process helped to create a tight-knit group around this project. So when it launched, it really felt like a piece of ownership. They not only contributed through video, but they’ve contributed through the major arcs of the story and all the themes they came up with."

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How are journalists using the web as a platform to innovate?

How are journalists using the web as a platform to innovate? | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"On the July 15th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll talk to the makers of the interactive web-based documentary, “Hollow” about the boom and bust of a single county in West Virginia.  The viewer is asked to scroll through and click on music, photographs, videos, and timelines to experience a varied and in-depth portrait of a place and its people. So where are you seeing good online documentary work?  And what’s the power of web technology to enhance news and storytelling? "

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Listen to this very interesting radio show. Inspiring.

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Hollow: Our Lessons Learned, Your Guide to Producing an iDoc

Hollow: Our Lessons Learned, Your Guide to Producing an iDoc | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
Do you have questions about producing an interactive documentary? The makers behind Hollow, an award-winning interactive documentary about small-town America, are holding a live discussion to help you kick off your interactive projects in 2014.

The team will be available to answer questions about Hollow’s fundraising and community building model, as well as design and development. Come with questions and be ready to learn from the team’s successes and failures.

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A great opportunity!

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Interview with Elaine McMillion - producer / director of Hollow - i-Docs

Interview with Elaine McMillion - producer / director of Hollow - i-Docs | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it
the interview gives a deep insight into her thinking in the midst of producing this innovative work. On June 20th, the Hollow team launched the site...
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Behind the documentary that everyone talks about, an excellent job with the local community

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2013 TFI Interactive: Spotlight On ‘Hollow,’ ‘Question Bridge’ and ‘Immigrant Nation’ | Tribeca Film Institute

2013 TFI Interactive: Spotlight On ‘Hollow,’ ‘Question Bridge’ and ‘Immigrant Nation’ | Tribeca Film Institute | Documentary Evolution | Scoop.it

"Continuing our spotlight on 2012 TFI New Media Fund grantees from #TFIi, today we focus on Elaine McMillion's Hollow, Hank Willis Thomas' Question Bridge: Black Males (which is currently doing a Kickstarter campaign for their interactive site) and Theo Rigby's Immigrant Nation."

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Three very inspiring projects presented by their authors.

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