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StoryTools: Let’s build a tool for writing non-linear stories | David Dufresne

StoryTools: Let’s build a tool for writing non-linear stories | David Dufresne

  On January 14th, in a room of the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, we are a dozen people gathered around a crazy project, a simple project: Let’s build a tool for writing non-linear stories. An open source tool, open to all. In the room: some designers like Jeff Soyk (UX architect for Hollow), students like Deniz Tortum, fellows like Isabelle Raynauld (author of  Lire et écrire un scenario (Reading and Writing a Screenplay), developers like Cindy Bishop,...
DOCUMENTARY! New Trends, New Formats MOOC starts on Feb 17, 2015

DOCUMENTARY! New Trends, New Formats MOOC starts on Feb 17, 2015

This MOOC, offered by edX and developed at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, presents the new trends and formats of 21st century audio-visual documentary including a brief historical overview. About this Course Videos will be in English and / or in Spanish. Transcripts in both languages will be provided. The assessments will be in both languages. The course starts on February 17 and lasts 8 weeks. The course, developed by Pilar Carrera and colleagues at...
To Create Live Treatments of Actuality: An Investigation of the Emerging Field of Live Documentary Practice | Julie Fischer

To Create Live Treatments of Actuality: An Investigation of the Emerging Field of Live Documentary Practice | Julie Fischer

To Create Live Treatments of Actuality: An Investigation of the Emerging Field of Live Documentary Practice Chapter 1: Introduction. This thesis was a long time coming. I arrived at CMS in the Fall of 2012 and – starting to nose around for a thesis topic – couldn’t shake the desire to start studying the meaning and promise of live video communication. I’m only an infrequent Skype user but something about...
Innovating the Documentary | Raney Aronson-Rath

Innovating the Documentary | Raney Aronson-Rath

PART 4 -Innovating the Documentary. In his talk at MIT’s OpenDocLab Profesor Urrichio made the argument that historically, documentarians have always been at the forefront of visual, audio and storytelling innovations. I asked about documentarians today — his response is that today gamers and sports are taking the lead but he’s seeing great progress with documentarians….and he’s expects to see even more into the future. Here’s what director of OpenDocLab Sarah Wolozin calls Urrichio’s...
Challenging Convention | Raney Aronson-Rath

Challenging Convention | Raney Aronson-Rath

PART 3: Challenging Convention. I remember walking into our newsroom on that day and telling our then head of digital Andrew Golis how clear it was to me how the documentary form would be challenged, and we’d need to truly pay attention to not just the digital linear space as we were already doing and FRONTLINE had always done — but to what I believe is a direct challenge to our...
OpenDocLab awarded MacArthur Foundation grant

OpenDocLab awarded MacArthur Foundation grant

The MIT Open Documentary Lab received a grant this Fall for $175k from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to map and assess the intersection of new documentary forms and digital journalism. Professor William Uricchio and his team will chart this emerging landscape and survey the organizations and people at the forefront of this journalistic practice. They will critically assess the challenges and potentials of integrating new documentary forms...
No Turning Back | Raney Aronson-Rath

No Turning Back | Raney Aronson-Rath

PART 2 – No Turning Back. We’ve all had that moment (well, those of us not born with iPads!) when we realized there was no turning back on embracing the digital disruption that was taking place. Looking back I wonder to myself, how could I not have known how dramatically our field would change? It started for me in a fundamental way four and a half years ago when the...
Back to School | Raney Aronson-Rath

Back to School | Raney Aronson-Rath

PART 1 – Back to School. OpenDocLab Fellow Raney Aronson-Rath describes what it’s like to be back in school after 20 years. Her blog will follow her year-long journey as she re-imagines how interactive documentary filmmaking will impact her thinking and her work at FRONTLINE, where she is Deputy Executive Producer. This piece was originally posted at raneyaronson.tumblr.com.  I had one of those weeks where big moments collided: ­ my daughter started kindergarten, my...

Raney Aronson-Rath

In her time at at MIT, MIT OpenDocLab Fellow Raney Aronson-Rath would like to tap into the new exciting, emerging Virtual reality 3D technology with the hope that this new technology has the ability to transform the way we tell stories and the look and feel of our documentaries.  She will be exploring 3D not just for immersive scenes in the field but also in applying this new technology to...
Lara Baladi | Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age

Lara Baladi | Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age

During the #Jan25 revolution—the hashtag used by online activists during the 2011 Egyptian uprising—the world watched as Egyptians toppled their president, Hosni Mubarak, transforming Tahrir Square into a vibrant place for demonstrations of social solidarity and political struggle. Just as the YouTube video “Tiananmen-Cairo Courage in Cairo” went viral, a friend posted on Facebook a speech Jean Paul Sartre had delivered to an audience of striking French autoworkers 40 years earlier. As the political...