– Collaborative Meta Interactive Documentary – is a transmedia meta-documentary that reflects on the interactive documentary. 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 project aims to achieve a greater understanding of this new documentary format assuming that our period in history lends itself to a deeper reflection.
This initiative is based on the hypothesis that the interactive documentary is a new audiovisual format with specific characteristics. The project began with extensive research conducted from 2007-2013. The doctoral dissertation included six interactive nonfiction case studies, which constitute the second stage of the project.
In the third and present phase, the theoretical information obtained during the investigation period – the content – and the experience gained in the design of interfaces – the form – were combined to form the final project, which aims to describe and explain the format using the same form.
AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
interDocsBarcelona 2013 – Interactive Exhibition
May 29 – June 2 2013, Sala Gaudí-La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain
Visible Evidence XXII – Videotheque
August 20-24 2015, Toronto, Canada
New landscape of digital/interactive storytelling program – Centre National de l’Audiovisuel
October 17th – December 3rd 2015, Luxemburg
Components of the transmedia project
a) Web Platform
The first part of the project is a web platform containing an interactive documentary that complements and enriches the linear version. The platform is divided into four interconnected but independent sections:
1. Start off (in the interactive documentary)
2. Learn (the evolution and history)
3. Listen (to the voice of the experts)
4. Produce (your own project)
b) Interactive Installation
Another part of the project includes an interactive installation, which can be used in events, 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 (May 28 – June 2, 2013).
As COME/IN/DOC is configured as a hybrid project, halfway between an interactive audiovisual and an educational tool, it is hoped that the project materials will be useful for academic training such as workshops, seminars, courses for businesses aiming to produce, research laboratories, etc.
COME/IN/DOC is a dream come true produced over a period of two 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 interface, 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.
Arnau Gifreu Castells