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Condition One Workshop and Case Study
Documentary iPad app enables photojournalists to create interactive, immersive and three dimensional video stories.
During IDFAcademy, the Doc Next Network and IDFA DocLab presented a workshop and case study about Condition One, the new immersive documentary iPad app launched on Nov 11, 2011. Condition One wants to take photojournalism to the next level, enabling documentary storytellers to shoot panoramic videos and combine these with the tactile possibilities of the iPad. The app is one of the fifteen digital projects selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling 2011.
Danfung Dennis, co-founder of Condition One, started his career as a photo journalist, working in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan. His pictures were published by the New York Times and Bloomberg, but he didn’t feel they fully communicated the reality of war as he had experienced it himself. From photography he moved into filmmaking, directing the Sundance winner Hell and Back Again. But it was only when Dennis discovered a way to combine lightweight DSLR camera’s with panoramic lenses and the iPad, that he felt he found the ideal way to tell his stories.
By reinventing photojournalism into a full-immersion, tactile experience, the Condition One iPad app presents short documentaries that let the individual user choose their own field of vision – whether it’s images of a bloody protest in pre-revolutionary Libya or a chaotic police arrest on the streets of New Orleans. By changing the way footage of a scene is captured and delivered, the Condition One app creates a user experience that is rarely experienced in documentary. Using the gyroscope inside the iPad, the app gives the viewer navigational control that is not unlike that of a video game, essentially putting the viewer in the driver’s seat of a highly visceral experience. The goal of Condition One’s founders is to become a new platform for immersive journalism and documentary storytelling.
Condition One’s amazing new way of capturing and representing reality is something that has to be experienced to fully grasp its potential. And it also raises artistic and ethical questions. How can one create an experience that is as immersive as a game, but isn’t reduced to meaningless entertainment? When a user can navigate freely within a video image, is it still possible to use editing and camera movements? How can one tell a story and guide the user, when it’s the user himself who decides what part of the image he watches?
During the workshop and the case study, Condition One producer Christian Pilling and co-founder Karol Martesko-Fenster discussed both the challenges and possibilities of this spectacular new tool. Young filmmakers from the Doc Next Network got an exclusive demonstration of the app and the camera used to shoot the panoramic images. They were also shown how to shoot and edit stories for a three dimensional, interactive enviroment.
If you want to try it out for yourself, download Condition One here (iPad2 only)
Fri, Nov 18: 12:30 – 15:00 Part 1 Workshop, Compagnie Theater, Kleine Zaal
Sun, Nov 20: 12:30 – 15:00 Part II Case Study, Compagnie Theater, Kleine Zaal
Invitation only. Presented by Doc Next Network, an international partnership capturing the views of young European media makers.