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The Creators Project nominates ‘6 most innovative webdocs’
The Creators Project is a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, culture and technology. Recently, they nominated the six interactive webdocumentaries that they consider to be the most innovative ones around.
“Digital platforms are expanding the field of the traditional documentary, not only in terms of the distribution of linear stories, but especially in the production of content created specifically for the web. As seen in interactive web-based films like Highrise: Out My Window and Collapsus, different degrees of interactivity are now possible and are changing the way documentary storytelling relates to reality.”
With five of the mentioned projects having premiered or screened at IDFA DocLab in the past, we find it hard to disagree. Then again, we would probably like to expand the list to include www.thanatorama.com, www.wefeelfine.org, www.wechoosethemoon.org, www.gazasderot.com and a quite few other DocLab favorites.
Of course, the trouble with lists like this is that it all depends on how one defines what is ‘innovative’, ‘interactive’ and what is a ‘webdocumentary’. Interestingly, the Creators Project actually classifies the six projects according to the ‘differentiating levels of interactivity’ used by interactive media professor at the London College of Media Sandra Gaudenzi:
“According to Gaudenzi, there are three different levels of interactivity that determine the type of documentary. The interactivity is either semi-closed (the user can browse but not change the content), semi-open (the user can participate but not change the structure of the interactive documentary), or completely open (the user and the interactive documentary constantly change and adapt to each other).”
For a more in-depth analysis of the levels of interactivity and the six mentioned projects, read the entire article here:
And in the end, of course, we can simply conclude that the projects mentioned by the Creators Project mentions are all wonderful pieces of multimedia storytelling. We urge you to check them all out if you haven’t done so before.