Author Archives: Joakim

Soldier Brother

Soldier Brother (2011) is made by Kaitlin Jones and Alicia Smith. A really simple idea, but very engaging. Kaitlin has a soldier brother in Afghanistan and some of his items are spread out on a white background. We can choose any of the items and hear a story told by Kaitlin about her relationship to him. The stories are motivated by the chosen artifact.

I think this type of interface is promising. A flat surface with objects is very natural way of representing pieces of information that aren’t hierarchically organized.

Soul Patron

Soul Patron (2010) is made by Frederik Rieckher as part of his master in “Media Direction” at the “University of Applied Sciences” in Darmstadt, Germany. Among other things it tells about Mizuki Jizo – the protector of deceased children and uses a small animated doll, “Tokotoko” as main character. We are taken on a road trip in Japan and given information about, Japanese culture, history and society. I guess the film should be inspiring for people experimenting with new forms of travel litterature.

I think Rieckhers interface for navigating between the video segments is brilliant. It is easy to use and at the same time non-intrusive. You get squares in the video which marks navigational links in the picture. White squares means that you stay within the same scene, red squares mean that you continue to a new scene. The squares disappears after a short while, but their placement is easy to remember. Texts popping up when you hover over the link areas tells where you are heading or what you are going to see. The shortest path to the final scene is indicated in the link texts.

I am going to look for more examples of this navigational device which I find elegant and efficient.


Doing Fine (Fint)

Highrise 360

Visiting Katarina Cizek’ Highrise: out my window. The documentary app is nicely layered with photographs and video. Speech, music and sound effects are integrated nicely. Real apartments, real people, real problems. Check out Cizek’ statement on what the project is about. Interesting to think about the suburbs as more urban, more creative than downtowns. Fits well with my experience living five years in Holmlia, a suburb south of Oslo.

I am interested as researcher, technologist and documentarist, but what do the crowd think of this? What is the reach of this low paced, open an well intended piece?

Trailing: The 6 Most Innovative Interactive Web Documentaries

Trailing Inge de Leeuw choice of six webdocumentaries. This weekend I used / watched Prison Valley, first an foremost a documentary film with some extra stuff on the side. The documentary is produced by David Dufresne and  Phillipe Brault. According to de Leeuw the project consists of “a TV documentary, a web documentary, a book, an iPhone app, and an exhibition in Paris”. So far I have used webpage and the iPhone app, and it would be interesting to watch the TV show as well. Overall the webdocumentary is to heavily narrated and sometimes the lack of access to the prisons themselves is to evident.

In the Clues section I found a page with some nice statistics!

For an interesting view on producing webdocumentaries with PrisonValley as example see this interview.



Welcome to Pine Point

This webdocumentary is made by Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons, and it is produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The structure of the documentary is booklike with chapters and pages, and reflects the original intention by the authors of making a book. I think this is a good thing in this case. A booklike intentional order fits the story of the erased town of Pine Point conveyed with snaphots, amateur video, graphics and memorablia. This traditional structure enables the authors to control the pace and rythm of the story which in my opinion is important to the experience.

More on this when I find a comparable case which would benefit from a more traditional structure.

Use the documentary.


MacDonald’s Videogame

Is it possible to win this game without resorting to unethical methods?


The Moken Legacy Projects

The Moken Legacy Projects have received funding from the Norwegian Film Institute. They aim to create a transmedia documentary with both web- and mobile apps. More on this project when it is released.

Life in a day

Life in a day, a well edited and poetic crowdsourced documentary film made by Kevin Macdonald. Nice perspective on small things adding up… I wondered whether some of the footage were shot by the production team. The quality of the material is very good in parts of the film. But except from 400 cameras being sendt to developing countries with instructions, it seems that the team hasn’t contributed directly. The editor, Joe Walker, started with 4500 hours of material and puh… he commented this work in the NYT: “The analogy is like being told to make Salisbury Cathedral, and then being introduced to a field full of rubble. You have to start looking for buttresses and things that connect together.”



300 Sekunder

Jeg har kikket gjennom de seks dokumentarene som er distribuert på VGTV og produsert av Indiefilm. Foruten at distribusjonskanalen er ny og lengden på filmene ukurant for TV visning, er dette tradisjonell dokumentarfilm. Det jeg blir nysgjerrig på er forskjellen i antall visninger, fra 12-170 tusen? Dette har sikkert med hvordan filmene er lenket inn fra VGs egne og andres kanaler.