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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...
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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 days, when competing consumer-grade VR systems together with massive capital investment and still-evolving user scenarios all generate a lot of noise, VR is in a state of interpretive flexibility. The conference sought to make use of...
COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC |Collaboration Definition [Part 1]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 2 – PART 1: ‘COLLABORATION DEFINITION’ Here you can access the first part of the second episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Matt Soar (Concordia University): In the name of nonlinear storytelling, I’m skeptical about words such as ‘interactivity’ or ‘collaboration’, because I’m not sure interactive docs can solve things which a linear film cannot. Judith Aston (i-docs): Collaboration can work on several layers:...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 4]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 1 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVITY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the fourth part of the first episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Alexandre Brachet (Upian): This a recipe, and it depends a lot on the story you’re gonna tell. There’s not a general law, I don’t have any definition: we look for strong stories and tell them through the Internet. Brenda Longfellow (Offshore): Interactivity...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 3]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 1 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVITY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the third part of the first episode (season 2):   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Susanna Lotz (id w): There are so many ways of interacting…, interaction is really a key word. Samuel Bollendorf (Le Grand Incendie): For me it is the bridge between the image and the sound, and in the middle the imagination...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 2]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 1 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVITY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the second part of the first episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Yasmin Elayat (18 Days in Egypt): You are reaching out or building instead of just broadcasting or showcasing something. You’re actually making the public become immersed, influencing them, how they interact with the world itself. ‘I’m sitting at the table with you...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 1]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 1 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVITY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the first part of the first episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) David Dufresne (Film Director): Interactivity is a very old concept. Interactivity means interface. It could be considered as a ‘machine procedural storytelling system’. Matt Soar (Concordia University): The concept is close to human experience but I cannot see the meaning today and...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 4]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the fourth part of the fifth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Judith Aston (i-docs): Digital media is a game change offering new ways to communicate. As I have an anthropological background, to me another factor is the advances in cognitive science (studies in perception and what reality is) that ensure...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 3]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the third part of the fifth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Paul Levinson (Fordham University): The merge of documentary and the interactive medium is exactly what we have here, the documentary and the digital revolution merging together. Bjarke Myrthu (Blind Spot): In the last decades we have experienced a few...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 2]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the second part of the fifth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) PaulinaTervo (writethisdown): For me we can consider three basic factors: the fact that users can stream video online, the use of social networks and how people consume media. Christopher Allen (UnionDocs): In the past, with linear media, there has...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the first part of the fifth episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film Director): The genre derives from the merge between digital media and documentary. It’s like when you make a cake: you use the same ingredients for the recipe but the result is different for each cake,...