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Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

I sat down with art director and UX (user experience) designer Jeff Soyk to discuss the design process behind Hollow, a community-based interactive documentary about rural West Virginia directed by Elaine McMillion. Hollow was recently recognized with a Peabody Award and a 3rd Prize in the multimedia category at World Press Photo. The Hollow team has generously shared documents that illustrate how they developed Hollow from concept to an award-winning interactive....
Brave New Story Worlds at Sundance's New Frontier

Brave New Story Worlds at Sundance’s New Frontier

This post originally appeared on indieWIRE.   Near the end of a panel discussion titled “The Story World: Creating Interactive Experiences That Work” – part of the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program – Jonathan Harris cautioned aspiring new media storytellers to think about the tradeoff between timeliness and timelessness in their work. “Whenever you’re dealing with bleeding edge technologies, there is the trap that you’re just doing things that are...
Interview with Christine Walley and Chris Boebel

Interview with Christine Walley and Chris Boebel

Christine Walley and Chris Boebel are documentary filmmakers and advisors to the Open Documentary Lab @ MIT. They are currently collaborating on Exit Zero, a documentary about one family’s experience of deindustrialization in southeast Chicago. Exit Zero is a cross-platform experience. Walley’s book, Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, and Boebel and Walley are also developing an interactive web companion...