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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
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...
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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...
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 / EX NIHILO, an award winning production company based in Paris, France. Before working on the interactive field, Arnaud was graduated of a Master in Contemporary History at the University Paris I- Sorbonne and of a...
Solidarity Call for Video Activist Kazım Kızıl and Other Imprisoned People in Turkey

Solidarity Call for Video Activist Kazım Kızıl and Other Imprisoned People in Turkey

Solidarity Call for Video Activist Kazım Kızıl and Other Imprisoned People in Turkey by Mine Gencel Bek “I document protests and resistance. The police are on one side and the protesters are on the other side and I am not photographing this from the outside. I am on the side of the protesters. I use photography and video as a tool.” (https://www.facebook.com/kazimaozgurluk/) These words belong to Kazım Kızıl, an imprisoned...
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 Institute, Isabelle Anouk Bourduas spent five years producing independent feature films in Los Angeles. She returned to Montreal to produce live television for Just For Laughs. Shortly after, she became Head of Production for Cineflix where...
Live broadcast on May 5: Update or Die - Future Proofing Emerging Forms of Digital Documentary

Live broadcast on May 5: Update or Die – Future Proofing Emerging Forms of Digital Documentary

Watch the live broadcast of our conference Update or Die: Future Proofing Emerging Digital Documentary Forms on Friday May 5 from 8:45AM to 6:00PM at the link below and join the conversation with the hashtag #updateordie. About the Conference As attention turns to the next big thing, digital games, artwork, interactive news features, and web-based documentaries made as recently as five years ago face obsolescence. How do we preserve digital documentaries? What remains, and...
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 a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced their 2015 Great Performers series and their 2016 Olympic portfolio. In the music world, Towey worked as Creative Director for Arcade Fire on...