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Last Week at ODL: #Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez

Last Week at ODL: #Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez

#Mickey by Betzabé García, Gibrann Morgado and Blas Valdez by Beyza Boyacioglu Last week at ODL, director Betzabé Garcia introduced her project #Mickey with her designer Gibrann Morgado and producer Blas Veldez. #Mickey is a cross-platform...
Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu

Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu

Last Week at ODL: September 1955 by Deniz Tortum, Cagri Zaman and Nil Tuzcu by Beyza Boyacioglu Open Documentary Lab and Comparative Media Studies alumnus Deniz Tortum, together with his collaborator Cagri Zaman, visited our lab...
ODL alum Deniz Tortum's 'Virtual Collaboration Research' wins DesignX

ODL alum Deniz Tortum’s ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ wins DesignX

Open Documentary Lab alum Deniz Tortum’s team ‘Virtual Collaboration Research’ is selected for DesignX, the entrepreneurship accelerator from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning(SA+P). Virtual Collaboration Research is developing Mediate, an artificial-intelligence-supported, speech-driven spatial...
Five Pillars of VR Storytelling by Julia Sourikoff

Five Pillars of VR Storytelling by Julia Sourikoff

Julia Sourikoff’s Five Pillars of VR Storytelling  by Beyza Boyacioglu Open Documentary Lab and VR@MIT, in partnership with Oculus Next Gen, invited Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR at Tool of North America, to deliver a...
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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COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 3]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 1 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVITY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the third part of the first episode (season 2):   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Susanna Lotz (id w): There are so many ways of interacting…, interaction is really a key word. Samuel Bollendorf (Le Grand Incendie): For me it is the bridge between the image and the sound, and in the middle the imagination...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 2]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 1 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVITY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the second part of the first episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Yasmin Elayat (18 Days in Egypt): You are reaching out or building instead of just broadcasting or showcasing something. You’re actually making the public become immersed, influencing them, how they interact with the world itself. ‘I’m sitting at the table with you...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactivity Definition [Part 1]

SEASON 2 – EPISODE 1 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVITY DEFINITION’ Here you can access the first part of the first episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) David Dufresne (Film Director): Interactivity is a very old concept. Interactivity means interface. It could be considered as a ‘machine procedural storytelling system’. Matt Soar (Concordia University): The concept is close to human experience but I cannot see the meaning today and...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 4]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 4]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 4: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the fourth part of the fifth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Judith Aston (i-docs): Digital media is a game change offering new ways to communicate. As I have an anthropological background, to me another factor is the advances in cognitive science (studies in perception and what reality is) that ensure...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 3]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 3]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 3: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the third part of the fifth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Paul Levinson (Fordham University): The merge of documentary and the interactive medium is exactly what we have here, the documentary and the digital revolution merging together. Bjarke Myrthu (Blind Spot): In the last decades we have experienced a few...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 2]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 2]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 2: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the second part of the fifth episode: SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) PaulinaTervo (writethisdown): For me we can consider three basic factors: the fact that users can stream video online, the use of social networks and how people consume media. Christopher Allen (UnionDocs): In the past, with linear media, there has...
COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary - Other factors [Part 1]

COME/IN/DOC | Interactive Documentary – Other factors [Part 1]

SEASON 1 – EPISODE 5 – PART 1: ‘INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY – OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED’ Here you can access the first part of the fifth episode:   SELECTION OF KEY IDEAS (DIRECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION) Andre Almeida (Film Director): The genre derives from the merge between digital media and documentary. It’s like when you make a cake: you use the same ingredients for the recipe but the result is different for each cake,...
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...