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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
Interview with ODL fellow Callum Cooper on Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Interview with ODL fellow Callum Cooper on Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Photo courtesy of 2017 Sundance Institute | Photo by Jonathan Hickerson Open Doc Lab fellow Callum Cooper was selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab with his work-in-progress project Porton Down. We...
At ODL with Jessica Brillhart - Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google

At ODL with Jessica Brillhart – Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google

At ODL with Jessica Brillhart – Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google By Sara Rafsky To conclude its semester-long Hacking VR Speaker Series, ODL hosted Jessica Brillhart on May 2 to discuss her latest...
Immerse Q&A: The Hacking VR Speaker Series

Immerse Q&A: The Hacking VR Speaker Series

This spring, the MIT Open Documentary Lab hosted a series of talks by distinguished VR storytellers to explore how the medium is evolving and what works—or doesn’t. The Lab’s Beyza Boyacioglu and Sue Ding...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Vincent Morisset

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Vincent Morisset

Creating with immersive and interactive tools. Is there even a box? Rethinking the rules of immersive storytelling. Meet one of the leading voices in innovation, interactive medium and creative digital artwork. Vincent Morisset is...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Karen Vanderborght

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Karen Vanderborght

How is Virtual Reality applied to non-fiction stories and languages? From 360 video to interactive and mixed-reality productions, Karen Vanderborght shares her work in innovative VR applications for news and education. About the Speaker:...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Ubisoft's Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Ubisoft’s Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri

Game culture and game design have long been thinking about user experience, interaction and emergent narratives. How is VR changing gameplay? Are games driving current trends in VR? What can documentarians and other storytellers...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Eloi Champagne

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Eloi Champagne

The National Film Board of Canada is one of the leading forces of VR for both linear and interactive productions. Learn more about their inspirations, decisions and workflows, from production, conceptualization and developing new...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Arnaud Colinart

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Arnaud Colinart

A walk through an innovative and groundbreaking award-winning project, Notes on Blindness, from ideation to production, post-production and distribution. About the Speaker: Arnaud Colinart is producer and creative director at AGAT Films & Cie...
May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

May 8: Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR visits ODL

Join us for a talk by Isabelle Anouk Bourduas from MinorityVR on May 8 at 12pm at the Open Doc Lab! About the Speaker: After obtaining her MFA in Film Production from The American Film...
Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

Last Week at ODL: Maureen Towey from 360 News at The NYTimes

  About the Speaker Maureen Towey is a director, producer, and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently the Senior Producer for 360 News at The New York Times. Towey has worked as...
Public Statement Against President Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts

Public Statement Against President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

The MIT Open Documentary Lab joins our friends and colleagues in public media, the arts and sciences, and the humanities in urging people to speak out and take action against President Trump’s budget proposal....
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: The Art and Science of VR Panel

How does our brain react to VR? How can neurobiology help us tell more effective stories? What can scientists learn from VR storytelling? And how do creative VR makers work with scientists to push...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls on webVR

The Hacking VR Speaker Series began with a talk by Brian Chirls on webVR. This series is presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab and MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and supported by MacArthur...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series

The Hacking VR Speaker Series Offered in Spring 2017 in conjunction with the MIT class Hacking VR, Hacking VR Speaker Series is presented by the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for...
Virtually There Conference Case Study

Virtually There Conference Case Study

Virtually There conference gathered together leading makers, technologists, academics, curators, and critics for two days of intensive demonstrations and discussions regarding the possibilities and implications of using VR for documentary. In these still early...
Latest entries
Danny Goldfield | Fellow 2017 - 2018

Danny Goldfield | Fellow 2017 – 2018

Danny Goldfield is a commercial photographer, designer, and creator of four long term portrait projects. NYChildren is photographs of one child from every country on earth who lives in New York City. To Live 10,000 Years is two centenarians (one man and one woman) in each of the fifty states. Penelope & Clementine are two sisters photographed once a year since infancy. At the MIT Open Documentary Lab, Danny will...
Anandana Kapur | Fellow 2017 - 2018

Anandana Kapur | Fellow 2017 – 2018

Anandana Kapur is founder director CINEMAD India. An award winning filmmaker and communications designer she combines film with social change initiatives and has worked in consultative capacity for UNDP, UNICEF and IGNCA. Anandana has written on gender, media practices and culture, and also taught courses on cinema in academic institutions and community outreach forums. She has received the national awards Bharat Nirman and Karamveer Puraskar for contribution to social change...
Carles Sora | Fellow 2017 - 2018

Carles Sora | Fellow 2017 – 2018

Carles Sora is a digital culture scholar at the Department of Communication of Pompeu Fabra University and a new media artist from Barcelona. He has been involved and directed several artistic, museum and digital performance projects which have been exhibited at international conferences and venues. Sora holds a PhD in Social Communication with a dissertation about digital temporalities and a MS in cognitive and interactive systems. He previously was an...
Interview with ODL fellow Callum Cooper on Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Interview with ODL fellow Callum Cooper on Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Photo courtesy of 2017 Sundance Institute | Photo by Jonathan Hickerson Open Doc Lab fellow Callum Cooper was selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab with his work-in-progress project Porton Down. We interviewed him about his experience. OpenDocLab: Can you tell me about Porton Down? What is it about? What are the techniques and technologies you are using?  Callum: I have been developing this project through my MIT Open...
At ODL with Jessica Brillhart - Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google

At ODL with Jessica Brillhart – Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google

At ODL with Jessica Brillhart – Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google By Sara Rafsky To conclude its semester-long Hacking VR Speaker Series, ODL hosted Jessica Brillhart on May 2 to discuss her latest projects and the interests that have guided her work as the principal (and first and only) filmmaker for virtual reality at Google. Over the course of her several years in the position, Brillhart has traveled the...
Immerse Q&A: The Hacking VR Speaker Series

Immerse Q&A: The Hacking VR Speaker Series

This spring, the MIT Open Documentary Lab hosted a series of talks by distinguished VR storytellers to explore how the medium is evolving and what works—or doesn’t. The Lab’s Beyza Boyacioglu and Sue Ding interviewed the following speakers for Immerse: Interview with Brian Chirls Interview with Eloi Champagne Interview with Arnaud Colinart Interview with Karen Vanderborght Interview with Ubisoft’s Vicki Ferguson and Olivier Palmieri Interview with Vincent Morisset
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Vincent Morisset

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Vincent Morisset

Creating with immersive and interactive tools. Is there even a box? Rethinking the rules of immersive storytelling. Meet one of the leading voices in innovation, interactive medium and creative digital artwork. Vincent Morisset is author of acclaimed, Emmy and Webby Awarded works such as Bla-Bla, Way-to-Go (NFB/France Télévisions) and interactive music videos (Neon Bible) resulting from a seven year collaboration with Arcade Fire. About the Speaker: Vincent Morisset is a...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Karen Vanderborght

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Karen Vanderborght

How is Virtual Reality applied to non-fiction stories and languages? From 360 video to interactive and mixed-reality productions, Karen Vanderborght shares her work in innovative VR applications for news and education. About the Speaker: After creating and curating media art in Europe, Karen Vanderborght moved to Canada and worked as a DOP and Editor for over 15 television series and documentaries. Now, 10 years later, her interests in innovative technologies...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Ubisoft's Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Ubisoft’s Vicki Ferguson & Olivier Palmieri

Game culture and game design have long been thinking about user experience, interaction and emergent narratives. How is VR changing gameplay? Are games driving current trends in VR? What can documentarians and other storytellers learn from VR game designers about spatial, interactive and immersive storytelling? What can game designers learn from filmmakers and documentarians? And what are current advancements in research on simulator sickness? Learn from the creative and R&D...
The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Eloi Champagne

The Hacking VR Speaker Series: Eloi Champagne

The National Film Board of Canada is one of the leading forces of VR for both linear and interactive productions. Learn more about their inspirations, decisions and workflows, from production, conceptualization and developing new collective spaces for creation. About the Speaker: Eloi Champagne is the Technical Director at the NFB Animation Studio in Montreal. He specializes in VR/AR, Animation, Interactivity, Filmmaking, VFX, S3D… A jack of all trades of storytelling...