Past events

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

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CIA: Operation Ajax

Award-winning innovative graphic novel app that reconstructs the battle for black gold in the Arab world, long before the Second World War broke out.

First there was the Internet, and now the tablet has been discovered as a medium for innovative storytelling, inspiring unexpected and inventive hybrids. This award-winning app is equal parts animation documentary, spectacularly designed graphic novel, and in-depth journalistic reconstruction. Based on Stephen Kinzer’s book All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, CIA: Operation Ajax reveals how the battle for black gold in the Arab world broke out long before the Second World War. The British rulers had an iron grip on Iranian oil supplies until the dissident Mohammed Mossadegh arrived on the scene. Political tensions continued to rise, leading to the CIA-supported coup that brought down the Iranian democracy in 1953. With Kinzer’s help, Mike De Seve adapted the historical events to create 10 chapters that come together in a filmic reading experience. The user swipes and brushes his or her way from image to image, each of them subtly and functionally animated, accompanied by a realistic soundtrack. CIA: Operation Ajax isn’t a graphic novel, an animation, or a documentary – it’s all of them at the same time.

Project details

Year of development :2012
Created by:Daniel Burwen
With:Cognito Comics
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