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Live Action Virtual Reality: The Big Picture ∣ Beyza Boyacioglu

Live Action Virtual Reality: The Big Picture ∣ Beyza Boyacioglu

One step into the New Frontier exhibition at 2015 Sundance Film Festival pulls viewers into a long-awaited future. The exhibition space is populated with curious heads, geared up with virtual reality goggles, exploring their surroundings with childlike enthusiasm. The present has finally caught up with the wearable technologies depicted in “Back to the Future II,” which eerily takes place in 2015. We bring our decades-long fantasies, speculations and training to...
How Virtual Reality Technology is Changing Documentary Filmmaking ∣ Deniz Tortum

How Virtual Reality Technology is Changing Documentary Filmmaking ∣ Deniz Tortum

At this year’s New Frontier exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival, doubts about the staying power of virtual reality are fading away. Visitors wait in long lines and the exhibition floors are fully packed for a technology that has been in the making for decades but hasn’t yet been able to quite get off the ground. Of the 15 works presented, 11 incorporate a VR headset, either via 360 degree...
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,...
How to measure the impact of interactive documentaries? | David Dufresne

How to measure the impact of interactive documentaries? | David Dufresne

New York, October 30, 2014, in a large glass room of the Center for Social Innovation. Throughout the day, about 70 people will reflect on the simple question, the “killer” question: “how can the impact of a particular interactive documentary be measured?” The Interactive Department of Tribeca Film Institute and the MIT Open Documentary Lab  have initiated this gathering. Already, for several months, the two organizations have formed a working group to explore...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 8

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 8

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media: Decade 1990-2010 by Arnau Gifreu Castells. To formulate a relevant concept for the interactive documentary field we need to explore some aspects of the two key areas: the documentary genre and the interactive medium. This new series presents a combined, parallel, and comparative historical chronology of these areas up to the present moment of confluence. The two stories we are...
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...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 7

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 7

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media: Decade 1980-1990 by Arnau Gifreu Castells. To formulate a relevant concept for the interactive documentary field we need to explore some aspects of the two key areas: the documentary genre and the interactive medium. This new series presents a combined, parallel, and comparative historical chronology of these areas up to the present moment of confluence. The two stories we...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 6

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 6

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media: Decade 1970-1980 by Arnau Gifreu Castells. To formulate a relevant concept for the interactive documentary field we need to explore some aspects of the two key areas: the documentary genre and the interactive medium. This new series presents a combined, parallel, and comparative historical chronology of these areas up to the present moment of confluence. The two stories we...
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...
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...