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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...
Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Our recent conference brought together scholars, technologists, and artists from around the globe to discuss the language, implications, and future of virtual reality and documentary. Watch the full livestream here. VR is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists, artists, technologists and investors all over the world. An industry is emerging. Yet for all of its enthusiasts, VR has its skeptics. For all it is talked about, VR can be deeply...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Three] On the documentary side, the American public has probably never had access to as many different documentaries as they do now — more are playing on television, more are getting theatrical runs, more are playing on the festival circuit, more are available through online platforms. So,...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Four] The report’s focus on immersion as a dimension of news and documentary may be new to many readers, despite the New York Time’s recent venture into virtual reality. So, can you share a bit more about the current state of immersive journalism and why you think this...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two]

Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part Two] You argue that the story should dictate the form, yet many aspects of the form of American journalism — the inverted pyramid for example and the core shape of the lead paragraph — have remain fixed without regard to the story. Some traditional journalists would argue that...
Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One]

Charting Documentary’s Futures | An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One]

Profile: William Uricchio of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab from Submarine Channel on Vimeo. Originally published in Confessions of an Aca-Fan, the original Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Charting Documentary’s Futures: An Interview with William Uricchio [Part One] For the better part of a decade, William Uricchio and I worked side by side, partners in crime, as we forged the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT. I came to lean heavily on...
The Internet is the Wild West |Suvi Andrea Helminen

The Internet is the Wild West |Suvi Andrea Helminen

The Internet is the Wild West. By Suvi Andrea Helminen The Internet is the Wild West in many ways, it is a masquerade, a second life where there are no face-to-face consequences for how people behave. Words are being shot back and forth in duels between opposing opinions. People can say very hurtful things and remain anonymous. Last winter Open Documentary Lab fellow Thorsten Trimpop and I filmed an interview...
How to finance your interactive documentary. Part 2: some interesting initiatives | Arnau Gifreu

How to finance your interactive documentary. Part 2: some interesting initiatives | Arnau Gifreu

How to Finance Your Interactive Documentary Part 2: Some Interesting Initiatives By Arnau Gifreu In this series of posts we address useful information for people interested producing new media in general, and specifically interactive documentaries. Among other initiatives, there are key mechanisms such as financing markets, commonly called marked place or crossover  market, which a few years ago started to operate in the interactive and transmedia field. They have been...
How to finance your interactive documentary. Part 1 | Arnau Gifreu

How to finance your interactive documentary. Part 1 | Arnau Gifreu

How to Finance Your Interactive Documentary Part 1: Some Interesting Initiatives By Arnau Gifreu In this series of posts we address useful information for people interested in producing new media in general, and specifically interactive documentaries. Among other initiatives, there are key mechanisms such as financing markets, commonly called market place or crossover market, which a few years ago started to operate in the interactive and transmedia field. They have...
It started with the human voice | Suvi Andrea Helminen

It started with the human voice | Suvi Andrea Helminen

It started with the human voice By Suvi Andrea Helminen On Tuesday March 3rd, Open Documentary Lab fellow Halsey Burgund gave a talk about his work as a sound artist working with voices and music-scapes. What does this have to do with documentaries? All his work springs from real life and recordings of people’s personal experiences. Inspiration often starts in the most unlikely situations, when not searching for it. In...