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Open Documentary Lab at MIT April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR’s Localore We’re pleased to invite AIR’s Localore production team to the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public. Evaluating Interactive Documentaries: Audience, Impact and Innovation in Public Interest Media Public interest media organizations are increasingly interested in experimenting with interactive and participatory approaches to documentary storytelling enabled by digital technologies. However, due to the experimental nature of these interactive documentaries, it is not yet clear whether the more active user engagements they require translate into outcomes like sustained attention, greater narrative comprehension, enhanced learning, empathy or civic engagement – never mind larger societal impacts like improved public discourse, behavior change or policy change. The shifting definitions and measures of complex, multi-­‐dimensional concepts like “engagement” and “impact” is a challenge for public interest media organizations migrating to digital platforms – particularly at a time when audience activities have become far more transparent and funders place greater emphasis on “data-­driven” impact measurement. Sean Flynn

The 12 principles of animation “By their skillful use the animator gives life, meaning, character and spirit to no matter what subject.” – Norman McLaren Established during the 1930s by the 9 main animators working at Disney, the 12 principles of animation are an excellent guide for animation creators looking for a few sure-fire techniques to make their work leap to life. Though not essential to the animation process, when followed these principles can help you create images that seem to obey the laws of physics and will appear far more lifelike to the viewer as a result. Some of these principles explore the more conceptual components of animation, such as emotional timing and character appeal. Depending on what you are trying to achieve with your animation, you might use all or none of these, but they are valuable none the less. The aim of this blog is to break down the components of each principle and explain their importance through examples and visuals.

Documentary Has The Future Covered Documentary was once seen as the castor oil of cinematic genres: it was supposed to be "good for you," but it didn't taste very good. Aside from the fact that this just wasn't true -- the adjectives "boring" and "dutiful" applied equally to many dreary fiction films -- today documentary might be the coolest cultural form around, and new digital technologies are part of the reason documentaries are connecting with new audiences in innovative ways. Documentary films, at their very best, are exemplars of cinematic storytelling -- astonishing, delighting, inspiring and enlightening us, and doing so in ways fiction can't, by framing real life in ways we haven't considered before. Although some broadcasters have abandoned documentary in favour of reality television (which is akin to giving up a great painting for a really bad photocopy of it), audiences haven't. As it turns out, international audiences really like Canadian stories.

Imaginary Friends - Bring Stories to Life for your Kids! by Evan Jones & Stitch Media About this project Risks and challenges HOW PREPARED ARE YOU WITH THE TECHNOLOGY? We’ve built the technology that will drive Imaginary Friends and tested it with friends and family. Get ready to submit your project to IDFA DocLab 2014 DocLab is open to all sorts of interactive projects, ranging from webdocs, apps and virtual reality projects to data art, multimedia journalism, installations and live performances. For those interested in the creative potential of digital technology, virtual reality and interactive media, this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (16-27 November 2016) will have more to offer than ever before. Since 2007, the IDFA DocLab program showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. DocLab Academy presents a unique interactive training program and IDFA’s Crossmedia Forum offers new funding and co-production opportunities for innovative non-linear projects. IDFA DocLab: submission deadline August 1

Projects Skip to content Exploring documentary storytelling in the age of the interface Active Filter : None loading... LIVE FROM THE WEBZINE: Call for Entry: IDFA Bertha Fund Classic - 14 Apr Student review: Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art Author: Carolyn Guertin Edition: First Publisher: Bloomsbury/Continuum Pages: 304 Price: £65.00 and £19.99 ISBN: 9781441106100 and 131904

Media Literacy: A Definition and More The definition most often cited in the US is a succinct sentence hammered out by participants at the 1992 Aspen Media Literacy Leadership Institute: Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. Definitions, however, evolve over time and a more robust definition is now needed to situate media literacy in the context of its importance for the education of students in a 21st century media culture.

Virtual Documentaries Try to Re-create Real-Life Drama Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR in March 2014 for $4 billion brought a resurgence of interest in virtual reality to the mainstream, almost 30 years after the technology first entered the public consciousness. And while Oculus VR’s initial focus has been on video games, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has described the hardware as “the next major computing platform that will come after mobile.” Nonny de la Peña agrees with that assertion. The veteran journalist, a former correspondent for Newsweek and regular contributor to the New York Times, has spent the past seven years trying to prove that VR will change journalism. Atterwasch - a Scroll-Doc It may not be the end of the world, but it could be the end of Atterwasch, population 241. While Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised her country a future virtually free of fossil fuels, it may seem strange that this village in eastern Germany, and two neighboring ones, are still fighting plans to wipe them, quite literally, off the map. But Germany’s sudden hunger for coal has emerged as the dirty side of Ms. Merkel’s ambitions to shut down the country’s nuclear power plants by 2022 and eventually move Germans mostly to renewable energy...

Spring 2013 Vol.6 No.2 - Teaching and Learning in the Digital World: Possibilities and Challenges This issue addresses the impact of the digital world on teaching and learning by sharing particular examples and critical discussions from a wide range of learning contexts. The journal is available in multiple formats. The interactive version allows readers to turn pages, hear authors read their work, enjoy podcasts, and experience other media. The PDF version is offered with links as well, and is easy to download and print. Printed, bound copies are also available.