A Field Guide to the Interactive Documentary

March 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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On Feb. 18, I attended the Moma event “A Field Guide to Interactive Documentary.” Here are some of the projects and resources that were covered.

PROJECTS

Bear 71
“Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison’s poignant interactive documentary about a bear in the Canadian Rockies illuminates the way humans engage with wildlife in the age of networks, satellites, and digital surveillance.” Funded in part by NFB Canada.
http://vimeo.com/35267742 (trailer)
http://www.nfb.ca/bear71

NFB Canada has a lot of other interesting projects that were mentioned. (http://www.nfb.ca/interactive/) In particular, One Millionth Tower, Highrise, and Welcome to Pine Point.

Interrupt Violence (launching soon)
http://interruptviolence.com/
Companion website for documentary “The Interruptors.”

Star Wars Uncut
http://www.starwarsuncut.com/
crowd-sourced remake of Star Wars

Take This Lollipop
http://www.takethislollipop.com/
Creates a creepy serial killer drama out of your facebook info.

similar to

The Wilderness Downtown
http://thewildernessdowntown.com/
Interactive film by Chris Milk featuring Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait.”
Superimposes google maps of your hometown within the narrative. Built in html5

 

TOOLS

Popcorn.js
http://popcornjs.org/
“Popcorn.js is an HTML5 media framework written in JavaScript for filmmakers, web developers, and anyone who wants to create time-based interactive media on the web.”

Klynt
http://www.klynt.net/
Tool for creating interactive stories, allows for mashups between youtube, vimeo, flickr, and maps.

Korsakow
http://korsakow.org/about
“The Korsakow System (pronounced ‘KOR-SA-KOV’) is an easy-to-use computer program for the creation of database films.”

Cowbird
Cowbird.com
“Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, focused on a deeper, longer-lasting, more personal kind of storytelling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.”

Groupstream
http://groupstre.am/
(still in beta – example project 18 Days in Egypt (http://18daysinegypt.com/)

Zeega
http://zeega.org/
(still in alpha, not released)
“Zeega is an open-source HTML5 platform for creating interactive documentaries and inventing new forms of storytelling.
Zeega makes it easy to collaboratively produce, curate and publish participatory multimedia projects online, on mobile devices and in physical spaces.”