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The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
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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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...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 4]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 4 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES’ Here you can access the fourth part of the fourth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Cindy Poremba (Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning): Interactive documentary does have this explicit engagement on the part of the audience so they can do different things. Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada): The first feature is that the...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 3]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 4 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES’ Here you can access the third part of the fourth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Yasmin Elayat (18 Days in Egypt): Audience engagement is number one for me as a feature; number two I would say would be embracing technology to shape the form of the story; number three would be being open to nonlinear environments. Nonny...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 2]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 4 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES’ Here you can access the second part of the fourth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film Director): The main difference is that linear documentary is consumed passively and the interactive documentary has more interaction from the audience, although there are different levels of interaction. Christopher Allen (UnionDocs): a linear documentary produces meaning just through the positioning...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Features [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 4 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES’ Here you can access the first part of the fourth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Jonathan Harris (Number 27): One key difference is that interactive documentaries try to make the experience with the viewer somehow as an active participant in the story, as in life, the choices we make end up affecting the outcome of our living experience. Mandy...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 4]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the fourth part of the third episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION)   Matt Soar (Concordia University): It’s a very exciting new field but it’s too early I think for giving definitions. There’s so many different terms and none of them seem to do the work of describing everything. Seth Keen (RMIT University):...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 3]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the third part of the third episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada): As the documentary genre has been defined as the ‘act of interpreting reality’, to me to define the interactive documentary could be seen as how digital media looks at the world of reality through...
This weekend, join us for "Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality"

This weekend, join us for “Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality”

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Phi Centre host Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality, on May 6th and May 7th, 2016.
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 2]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the second part of the third episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Eva Dominguez (Minushu): I won’t try to define it. I come from the journalism field and I don’t want to put limits on this field. I see it as a hybrid field. Katerina Cizek (Highrise): I like William Uricchio’s analysis, which considers...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary Definition [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 3 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the first part of the third episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film Director): If you put two filmmakers in the same room they will spend the whole time arguing about what a documentary is, and I think this would be true for the interactive documentary as well. One definition could be...