Innovations in Doco

Documentaries are constantly evolving and adapting to technology across many platforms.  The interactive documentary can take many forms and sits across a multitude of platforms.  It is only limited by the creator. Many of the documentaries below may sit across more than one platform, I have titled them under the heading which they would be more commonly known as.

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The Linear Web Documentary

Alma – The Tale of Violence – a linear web documentary, a tablet application, a TV documentary and two books.
The Age of Stupid – DVD, Download to your computer

User Navigated Journeys
First Australians interactive multiplatform website.

Prison Valley is an interactive documentary.

Re-Enchantment an interactive cross-platform documentary.

The Places We Live is a photography documentary, which uses photo images and audio recordings.  It has also been produced into a book and a 360-degree exhibition installation.

The Transmedia documentary – multiple platform storytelling
The Code An audio presentation about how and why The Code transmedia documentary was created.

Collapsus –  is a mix of documentary, gaming, and fiction. The project started as a documentary linear film and evolved into an interactive transmedia experience as a new way to interact with audiences.  The project is part fiction and part documentary.

The Participatory Documentary

The Virtual Revolution

The Crowd Sourced Documentary
The Green Wave – uses a crowd-sourced material such as phone footage, blog posts, tweets and Facebook reports that were posted on the Internet during the revolution.

Mapping Main Street is a collaborative documentary media project that creates a new map of the country through stories, photos, and videos recorded on actual Main Streets. The goal is to document all of the more than 10,000 streets named Main in the United States. It invites the audience to capture the stories and images and upload to the website.

Crossmedia Projects

Why Poverty? – Classified as a cross-media event, the series will consist of eight one-hour and thirty short documentary films to be distributed via broadcasters, the internet and mobile platforms accompanied by an interactive website, radio, print, & an outreach programme.

Garbage Dreams is a cross-platform documentary with a games component

Warco –  A game in which player takes on the role of war correspondent

Games for Change – Create and distribute serious games focused on social issues

The iPad/Touch Documentary
Condition Oneclick here, for a demonstration on how the iPad touch doc works.Rape in Congo – Peace Violated – can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

Money and Speed – Inside the Black Box – uses interviews, an interactive map and live updates from the stock exchanges around the world.

Money and Speed – Inside the Black Box – downloadable from the iTunes store.

The iPhone Documentary
Searching for Sugar ManSearching for Sugar Man is a linear documentary which was partially shot on an iPhone using a $1.99 app which resembled 8mm film.  The director Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money to keep shooting on film and downloaded the app from iTunes.

The documentary won an Oscar in 2013.

Here is the link to the app, it is called 8mm Vintage Camera.

Augmented Reality
Museum of Londons Street Museum – an augmented reality experience using a mobile phone and Geo Travel software.  The app is free to download and provides the user with images and information drawing from the library’s extensive collection about the streets of London from yesteryear.  Click here to view the how the app works via a video uploaded to YouTube.

Rekindling Venus: In Plain Sight Augmented Reality app allows you to connect to the world’s reefs via a 2D image that you can have in your own home. The set of seven poster images of coral specimens are activated by the RKV Corals Augmented Reality app downloadable onto mobile phones. The posters open a virtual porthole to coral reefs including a data feed to current coral hotspots around the world.

The Audio/Radio Documentary
Ghetto Life 101 – LeAlan Jones, thirteen, and Lloyd Newman, fourteen, collaborated with public radio producer David Isay to create the radio documentary Ghetto Life 101, their audio diaries of life on Chicago’s South Side tell the stories of how the boys live on a day to day basis, bringing shocking realities to the surface.

La Frontera – The borderlands between Mexico and the United States are a lawless wasteland where massacres, drug busts and battles between the military and drug-traffickers happen regularly. Colm Mc Naughton Australian radio documentary producer takes us there.

The Social Media Documentary

18Days In Egypt 

Throughout the 18 days of the 2011 uprising—in the year since—and now—Egyptians are filming pivotal events on their cell phones, taking pictures, texting, tweeting and Facebooking their extraordinary bid for freedom. This is a collaborative documentary that anyone can access and contribute content to.

GroupStream, an innovative new platform for group storytelling. GroupStream believes the best stories are told together.

Goa Hippy Tribe an interactive documentary using social media

One Day on Earth – The One Day on Earth project, where a variety of amateur and professional videographers shot footage during the 24-hour period of 10 October 2010, has since evolved into an online community of film-makers with plans to document important, global social issues moving forward.

 Museum Online Exhibitions (Web)
Anne Frank The Writer: An Unfinished Story

Mars Quest Online – explore the volcanoes and canyons on Mars, solve mysteries about life on Mars, launch a spacecraft and view images from the rover.

Colonial Williamsburg Online Museum Exhibits – online interactive exhibitions

Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition – includes virtual journey, resources, and links for educators.

Educational Interactive website

The Mesoamerican Ball Game
Theban Mapping Project