Condition One – a new way of looking

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I was very impressed with Danfung Dennis’ fluid and perceptive camera work in Hell and Back Again – if you see the film it is hard to believe that he was shooting solo in Afghanistan on an overheating Canon 5D with limited memory cards that he had to keep switching out (often in the heat of battle). When I heard he was working on a new media technology project I knew we would be in for something very, very cool.

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IFP and Power to the Pixel bring the Cross-Media Forum to NYC

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I can finally attend one of these forums! Despite my obsession with interactive geekery, I never seem to be in the same city as the Power to the Pixel events. This year the lovely people at IFP have partnered with PttP to bring the Cross-Media Forum to NYC. Hooray! Speakers include Starlight Runner’s Jeff Gomez, GMD Studio’s Brian Clark and advertising guru Ty Montague. I’ll be on a panel with Lance Weiler (The Workbook Project) and Hughes Sweeney (NFB Interactive)

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New fund for interactive, non-fiction projects

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I’ve been consulting on the TFI New Media Fund, a new fund for non-fiction interactive or cross-platform projects that focus on a social issue. I’ve been interested in this space for the last few years and it’s fantastic that funders are now coming to the table to support this kind of work. If you’re interested in applying read the FAQ for more information about the kind of work the Fund will support. The idea is to bring storytelling, design and

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Sunday: Digital Bootcamp at the Frontline Club

Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

And there’s digital joy in London this weekend too – Digital Bootcamp is coming back to the Frontline Club (where it all started back in 2009 – which is a long time in technology years!) Digital Bootcamp is a master class designed to help you and your film navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape. Shooting People’s James Mullighan will guide you through a series of case studies and practical examples (with a focus on documentaries) to help you get up

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Saturday: BAVC Producer’s Institute for New Media Public Conference Day

Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Are you interested in interactive, dynamic, cross-platform storytelling? If so you’ll want to join TFI and BAVC at the BAVC Producers Institute for New Media Technologies Public Conference Day in New York City this Saturday! The conference features a fantastic line-up of speakers covering everything from data mapping, immersive production, gaming, interactive media, mobile tools, Augmented Reality and much, much more. Come along to find out more about the emerging tools and platforms that are changing the face of filmmaking

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Digital Bootcamp Slide Presentation from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010

Posted Saturday, November 27th, 2010

I’m afraid this doesn’t have the video I originally showed as part of the slides (eg. on slides like The Wilderness Downtown, Hunter Shoots a Bear and the Living Sasquatch Augmented Reality demonstration) so you’ll just have to look them up online and try them out. It’s much more fun to try them yourself anyway. Also, along with The Waiting Room, I highly recommend checking out Katerina Cizek’s Out My Window as another example of documentary storytelling told really beautifully

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Mob Rule – Crowdfunding and Community

Posted Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We have recently introduced a new category in the Shooting People bulletins called Crowd Sourced Projects, recognizing that we need to create a new space for Shooters to promote their crowdfunding endeavors to the Shooting People community. I was delighted to moderate not one but two panels about crowdfunding recently – starting with Ain’t Too Proud To Beg at Sheffield Doc/Fest, followed swiftly by another one at CPH:DOX. The Sheffield panel was interesting because it was divided into three sections

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Future Docs: Creating Documentaries Across Platforms

Posted Sunday, November 7th, 2010

My final post in my guest series for the Tribeca Film Institute is about cross-platform documentaries. I look at recent examples like Out My Window, Prison Valley, Collapsus and The Waiting Room. Check it out and get your digital palette in rocking good shape!

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Digital Bootcamp at DCTV – Get Excited and Make Things!

Posted Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Do you find the web a little overwhelming at times? Digital Bootcamp is a master class designed to help you and your film navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape. I will guide you through a series of case studies and practical examples (with a focus on documentaries) to help you get up to speed with many of the digital tools now available to storytellers. This seminar will cover two main areas: Digital Frontiers – Why is all this important? What’s

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Augmented Reality – Adding Layers, Immersion and Interactivity to Your Stories

Posted Saturday, October 16th, 2010

In my third guest post for the Tribeca Film Institute blog I look at the thrilling new(ish) world of Augmented Reality. If you have other examples of really creative uses of AR, especially in a storytelling context, please leave a comment, I’d love to hear about them!

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