Discovering the Raw Materials of Personal History for an Interactive Documentary

In last week’s posts, my colleague Amy Lauters and I both wrote about starting an interactive documentary prototype project based on a memory box she had received during her research on farmers’ wives. Her post provided more of the context, while my post provided an overview of the project’s procedures. This week and last week… Read More Discovering the Raw Materials of Personal History for an Interactive Documentary

Answering the Call from Herman in ‘The Deeper They Bury Me’

Sometimes a story is so tragic that it needs multiple media versions to encompass its depths and traumas more fully. Herman Wallace’s more than 40 years of solitary confinement offers just that kind of story. Solitary confinement isolates a prisoner within a 6-by-9-foot cell for 22-24 hours a day. Prison guards provide the only human… Read More Answering the Call from Herman in ‘The Deeper They Bury Me’

Navigating Violence and Alma’s Story in an Interactive Documemtary

In order to make interactive documentary reviews more focused and systematic, I will use the following outline: platform(s) used, story and structure, user role, navigation directions, navigation execution, and overall comments. Released first in 2011, Alma: A Tale of Violence represents my first application of this approach. Alma: A Tale of Violence is an interactive… Read More Navigating Violence and Alma’s Story in an Interactive Documemtary