Clicking on the real: telling stories and engaging audiences through interactive documentaries | LSE | Stories - an experience for your audience - |

"Fort McMoney is a documentary game. As a player your role is to explore the oil town of Fort McMurray, Canada, in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands development. You ‘meet’ characters and ‘vote’ on issues; scouring the interface for clues you aim to sway others through your posts. While Fort McMoney is playful it clearly shares documentary’s serious intent: in Fort McMoney ‘everything is real: the places, events, the characters.’ To play is to engage with the political, social and ecological issues of oil production.


Fort McMoney is part of a growing collection of works that marry the social, political and aesthetic ambitions of documentary with the forms and representational possibilities of digital media. Documentary makers are actively exploring new ways of telling stories and engaging audiences and they are doing so with reference both to new technologies and the idea of documentary – it’s techniques, aesthetics and critically, its social functions."

Read the full article to find out more about the changing world of documentary.  Be sure to check out the Fort McMoney trailer or play the documentary game.

Via mirmilla, Davduf, siobhan-o-flynn, Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)