AN INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY
COME/IN/DOC / Collaborative Meta Interactive Documentary / is a transmedia meta-documentary that reflects on the interactive documentary. It consists of 3 interconnected parts: a documentary series, a multimedia platform and exhibitions.
There has been more and more production in the area of interactive nonfiction and the documentary is one of the main formats that have been developed considerably in recent years, but more theoretical and practical exploration is needed. This initiative is based on the hypothesis that the interactive documentary is a new audiovisual format with specific characteristics. This project aims to achieve a greater understanding of this new documentary format assuming that our period in history lends itself to a deeper reflection.
Awards and festivals:
- Interactive Media Awards - Best in class - Education
- Horizon Interactive Awards Gold Winner - Video - Short Film / Documentary (Category)
- Horizon Interactive Awards Gold Winner - Websites - Training / E-Learning (Category)
- IDFA Doclab Database
- Cross Video Days 2014 Selection
- Davey Awards - Interactive Multimedia / Education (Category) - Silver Winner
More than 10 hours of interviews regarding the key issues on interactive documentary such as definition, features, evolution, interactivity, collaboration, technological future, gamification, new models of production, author’s role and business model.
Each season is divided in 2-4 episodes and each episode has 2 or 4 parts. The premiere of each episode is launched first place through the Open Documentary Lab (MIT) website.
- The first part is a series of short videos explaining the two ingredients that conforms the interactive documentary: the documentary genre and the interactive digital media. To start off, COME/IN/DOC would no have been possible without the attendance of the following key events:
- i-Docs symposia-Conference (Bristol, UK, 2012,2013, 2014 and 2016)
- interDocsBarcelona (DocsBarcelona) (Spain, 2013,2014,2015 and 2016)
- IDFA Doclab (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010, 2012 and 2013)
- Webdox (Leuven, Belgium, 2012 and 2013)
- i_doc workshop (Nyon, Switzerland, 2013)
- Visible Evidence XXII (Toronto, Canada, 2015)
- University of York - Future cinema Lab (Toronto, Canada, 2011-2012)
- Harvard University (Boston, USA, 2013)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA, 2013)
- Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia, 2015)
- 8 Foro Periodismo Digital - 3 Encuentros narrativa transmedia (Rosario, Argentina, 2015)
- The second part consists of a set of original materials that show the comparative evolution of cinema and interactive media up until their convergence and the appearance of the interactive documentary.
The first part of this section provides all the parallel evolution experienced by the basic sources of the interactive documentary - the documentary genre and the digital media - through storyboards connected to the web and ten videos showing the most representative inventions, characters and contributions.
The second part of this section divides the brief history of interactive documentary into four stages, offering a justified selection of examples and videos with images as a summary of the technology and the representative works to date.
- The third part provides a databasewhich contains over 40 extended interviews with most world experts in this particular format. The experts were presented with a basic questionnaire of 20 key questions that match the hypotheses formulated during the doctoral research. The database is dynamic and the user can search through a search engine or filters by area. There are three different key areas: production (works), academia (theoretical research) and organization (events). In addition, a playlist allows the user to generate a list of questions and display in the order desired. Users can contribute at this stage with their comments.
- The fourth part of the platform is focused on the result of the sum of the other three, the final synthesis: how to generate one’s own interactive documentary project according to key ideas provided from the 50 experts interviewed for the project. This area is divided into two parts: a video animation summarizing the main steps and a series of slides which explain more in detail the 7 steps presented in the introductory video.
- A section of resources to find funding calls, information, companies, etc. Each area previously described has a section of resources, conceived as a logical conclusion of the web platform and an educational tool.
The third extension of the project includes exhibitions in different forms, which can be used in events along with computers or with touch screens to follow a path consisting of ten major questions and the responses of ten chosen experts in this specific area. This installation has been used partially in events and exhibitions such as InterDocsBarcelona 2013, part of the DocsBarcelona Festival in its 16th edition (2013), Visible Evidence XXII (Toronto, 2015) and CNA Luxemburg (2015). Exhibitions on Academia.edu
interDocsBarcelona 2013 Exhibition
Visible Evidence XXII - Mediateque 2015
CNA Luxembourg - Something Real Exhibition 2015
COME/IN/DOC is a dream come true produced over a period of four years with a very low budget and a very small team of people; the result of traveling around the world looking for the experts in the field of interactive documentary and interactive media in general.
But COME/IN/DOC is more than that because it also proves our hypothesis: the new dynamics make it possible to independently produce a low-budget project, based on having something to say and offer to the world (1% inspiration and 99% perspiration).
COME/IN/DOC is a collaborative project because many people selflessly worked on it in one way or another. But especially thanks to the experts in interactive documentary who made the project a collaborative work in the broadest sense.
COME/IN/DOC is a meta-documentary that attempts to explain a kind of documentary based on that actual genre.
COME/IN/DOC is interactive because its platforms and interfaces, social networks and training make it possible for people who are interested to participate, contribute and even generate content.
COME/IN/DOC is a documentary created through theoretical and applied research and has become a unique and valuable tool for training and teaching.
We are currently undergoing a complete change from the traditional mapping of the communication field. If we ask the same questions we will always get the same answers. We cannot solve a problem from the actual consciousness that originated that problem. We need a new creative and collective consciousness, as only creation allows us to be free. You can only learn what you love. I love what is happening around me and want to explain it using a powerful tool: the interactive documentary. I learned how to do this and through COME/IN/DOC I hope this knowledge will arrive to many people.
As COME/IN/DOC is configured as a hybrid project, halfway between an interactive audiovisual and an educational tool, the project materials have been used for academic training in grades and master's degree subjects, workshops, seminars, courses for businesses aiming to produce, research laboratories, etc.
- DocsBarcelona Documentary School - New Narratives: interactive and transmedia documentary
- ESCAC (Superior Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia), University of Barcelona - Documentary theories. Degree in Cinema and Audiovisual Media
- Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) – Master’s Degree in Journalism
- Pompeu Fabra University - Master's Degree on Creative Documentary - Languages of interactive documentary
- Autonomous University of Barcelona - Master's Degree on Theory and Practice of the Creative Documentary - Introduction to interactive documentary
- University of Vic- Central University of Catalonia - Documentary workshop - Degree on Audiovisual Communication
- Original idea and direction: Arnau Gifreu
- Design and programming: Bernat Torras and Catalina Acelas
- Animation: Catalina Acelas
- Music: Guillem Roma
- Effects postproduction: Ricard Parra
- Research and content structure: Arnau Gifreu
- Video interviews and editing: Arnau Gifreu
- Executive Production: Arnau Gifreu
- English translation: Katherine Stonehouse
- Josep Gifreu
- Rosa Castells
- Rosario Ariño
- Lucas & Martí Gifreu
- Sarah Wolozin
- Sandra Gaudenzi
- MIT Open Documentary Lab
- i-docs – University of the West of England
- DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival
- Paral·lel 40
- Adrian Miles (RMIT University)
- Alex Badia (Barret Films)
- Alexandre Brachet (Upian)
- Anahi Lovato (Documedia – Universidad Nacional de Rosario)
- Andre Almeida (Film Director)
- Arnaud Dressen (Honkytonk Films)
- Bjarke Myrthu (BLIND SPOT)
- Brenda Longfellow (Offshore)
- Brian Winston (University of Lincoln)
- Carlos A. Scolari (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
- Caspar Sonnen (IDFA Doclab)
- Christopher Allen (UnionDocs)
- Cindy Poremba (Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
- Claire Leproust (Fablabchannel)
- David Dufresne (Filmmaker)
- Denis Porto (Universidade Estadual Paulista)
- Eva Dominguez (Minushu)
- Fernando Irigaray (Documedia – Universidad Nacional de Rosario)
- Ferran Clavell (CCMA Interactiva)
- Florian Thalhofer (Korsakow)
- Gerald Holubowicz (Racontr)
- Gerry Flahive (Modern Story)
- Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada)
- Ingrid Kopp (Tribeca Film Institute)
- Jacobo Sucari (Universitat de Barcelona)
- Jean Baptiste Dumont (Where is Gary?)
- Jeremy Mendes (National Film Board of Canada)
- Jesse Shapins (Zeega)
- Jigar Mehta (AJ+)
- Jon Dovey (University of the West of England)
- Joel Ronez (New Media specialist)
- Jonathan Harris (Number 27)
- Josep Maria Català (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
- Judith Aston (i-docs)
- Kate Nash (University of Leeds)
- Katerina Cizek (Highrise)
- Katie Edgerton (MIT Open Documentary Lab)
- Lucía Andujar (#comosehaceunwebdoc)
- Mandy Rose (DCRC – University of the West of England)
- Maria Yañez (A Navalla Suiza)
- Mark Atkin (Crossover Labs)
- Matt Soar (Concordia University)
- Mike Robbins (Helios Design Labs)
- Miriam Hernanz (RTVE Lab)
- Nonny de la Peña (Emblematic Group)
- Paul Levinson (Fordham University)
- Paulina Tervo (writethisdown
- Richard Lachman (Ryerson University)
- Robert K. Logan (University of Toronto)
- Samuel Bollendorf (Le Grand Incendie)
- Sandra Gaudenzi (Interactual Factual)
- Sara Wolozin (MIT Open Documentary Lab)
- Seth Keen (RMIT University)
- Sharon Daniel (University California Santa Cruz)
- Stefano Odorico (Leeds Trinity University)
- Susanna Lotz (id w)
- Vincent Morrisset (AATOAA)
- William Uricchio (MIT Open Documentary Lab)
- Yasmin Elayat (18 Days in Egypt)
- Joan Gonzalez (Paral·lel 40)
- Elena Subirà (Paral·lel 40)