4.1 – Getting started (subject/topic)
Tendencies/Trends to produce
In relation to the documentary subject, we see that there are four categories that predominate over the others. These are “ecology and environment”, “war and conflict”, “urban cultures” and “personal stories”. Therefore, there is interest in the following areas:
– The fact of climate change and changes in the current ecosystem, which we carry to a depletion of natural resources of the planet. Themes linked to social awareness.
– Closely linked to the issue of resources at catastrophic war and the various conflicts in the world have also been a recurring theme in the documentary genre since its inception. Themes linked to criticism and denunciation of human rights in general.
– About urban life and cities: movements, actions, problems, dynamics studies, etc. We care about the environment around us and everything that happens around them.
– Personal storytelling, in which, in some ways, the author of the interactive documentary claims the narrative voice itself and stands offering the axle limits set in relation to the author-reader.
In relation to the support or platform that houses the interface, web browsers are by far the most used on the proposed classification. By extension, the subgenre of web documentaries would be the predominate class.
Finally, from the standpoint of the user experience, the mosaic and the navigable timeline are more used than other possibilities. We could say that interactive documentaries that are specific for web with a timeline (explicit or implicit) or mosaic structure that focuses on the ecological and environmental themes, several conflicts and war, life in large cities or personal stories are the most common projects.
From 2008 and during the period covering 2009 to 2013, the field of the interactive documentary is grown remarkably due to different factors:
– It is an unexplored genre and experimentation is on the agenda. Many of the countries interested in this genre, especially Canada, the United States, France and England, invest large sums of money to produce prototypes and present them in festivals and competitions.
– It is converting to many authors as a tool of criticism, condemnation and social cohesion in the style of the classic documentary. It should be noted, moreover, that most of these projects use the platform to spread these applications: the network is free and has an overall visibility and promotion. Thus, it is a genre that has a medium conducive to democracy and its spread, which does not happen with other formats, subject to complex dynamics of distribution and exhibition (film, television, radio, press, etc.).
|1. Urban Cultures (37)2.War/Conflicts (34)3.Ecology /Environment (24)4.Art – artists /Cultural diffusion (21)
5.Personal stories (19)
African Cultures (11)
8. Popular Culture (10)
9. Education (9)
Latin Cultures (8)
12.Cultures of the
Middle East (7)
|1.Web (173)2.CD-DVD ROM (29)3.TV / Film (26)4.Multi-platform (16)
5.Mobile (Tablet/Phone) (12)
|1. Branched / game /hypertext Narrative (82)2.Mosaic (63)3. Navigable timeline(Chronology navigable) (36)
Thematic spectrum detected from the Doctoral Research analysis
Activism, African Cultures,
Art and artists / Cultural Diffusion
Capitalism and big Business / Economy
Children / Youth
Ecology and Environment
Journalism / Media communication
Latin Cultures of the Middle East
Religion and Spirituality
Science and medicine
Writers / Literature
Love / Feelings
Gifreu, Arnau (2012), The interactive documentary as a new audiovisual genre. Study of the emergence of the new genre, approach to its definition and taxonomy proposal and a model of analysis for the purposes of evaluation, design and production. [Doctoral Thesis]. Barcelona: Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Communication Department.