Explore Shoredtich is an interactive documentary created to prototype this emerging genre. The need for content on hardware such as the iPad will only grow as it further establishes itself as a mainstream device. But customers will not want to settle with content that exists in other media. Interactivity must go beyond that seen on the open web, design must be better, genres must be mixed, and the full range of inputs (tilt, orientation, touch, sound, location) must be used.
It's time to forget the restraints of our old media, yet take inspiration from those media when imagining the possibilities of the new.
Pioneers in this new artform come from many backgrounds: Journalists like Zoé Lamazou and Sarah Leduc
, games designers like Paolo Pedercini
and former advertising creative directors Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge
For well publicised, high quality work there may also be a viable marketplace in Apple's App store. But making documentaries on the iPad is the right thing to do not only for creative and economic reasons, but because we have the moral obligation to increase the number of independent voices in the media.
Please have a look at my small contribution to this new field, created with no budget but lots of help from Pariya Thamnusarn
. The work was completed for my MA in Broadcast Futures from Ravensbourne, earning me a Distinction.
To the right are a trailer for one part of the doc, and some images of what you could see in the App.
Those of you with an extremely high-bandwidth internet connection (24mbps or above) can view the App online here
Part of the interactive documentary Explore Shoreditch, this section uses deep interactivity to allow users to explore an audio interview and tilled video/photo gallery.
This section is fun to use and allows a truly interactive experience. It aims to explore a possible form that documentary could take on touch-devices.
, I was able to design in a WYSIWYG
way, rather than having to aim blind as is often the way with hand-coded interactive programming.
Photoshop, Motion, Dreamweaver, Hype and Compressor where the main tools of choice in this creation. Video and photos were captured on a Canon 550D with a 50mm prime lens, giving an intimate crop on the Canon's s35mm sensor (APS-C actually but whatever).
This part of the project is downloadable and will work on any machine running Apache
(like an Apple). But be warned, this is a lot of data
The reBin is a recycled recycling bin.
Laser cut from recycled cardboard, it assembles without folds or glue. And it looks good, with crisp lasered lines and neat interlocking parts.
Some selected photographs from the end of term-one show on the 2011 Ravensbourne postgraduate programme.
Stefan is a convergent-media journalist with a thing for interactive documentary. That thing leant him to create a final project and research paper for his MA in Broadcast Futures in that very subject, earning him a Distinction from Ravensbourne. The project was titled Explore Shoredtich.
Stefan has works as a Producer for Associated Press Television News, has written a number of televised documentaries in the Expository Mode and has produced and presented radio.
He studied his undergraduate degree at the London College of Communication (formerly known as the London College of Printing).