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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Hollow

This multimedia collage is a morale booster for the residents of McDowell County, who keep hope alive in their shrinking region.

One in three American towns is dying, with more people leaving than coming. McDowell County in the eastern inland of West Virginia is just such a place. It’s population peaked in the 1950s at around 100,000, but a poor economic outlook means that it has fallen to just a little over 22,000. Who are the “last of the Mohicans,” why do they stay in McDowell, and how do they maintain a sense of community in this shrinking region? Making limited but effective use of interactivity, this web documentary introduces us 30 to residents with a surprising faith in the future. There are citizens here who run a food bank, gym or literacy training center, while another records the area’s natural beauty for posterity. They talk passionately about their enthusiasm for their declining hometown. Elaine McMillion transformed the portraits into a multimedia collage containing an impressive wealth of material. There are video interviews, photographs, data visualizations, quotes and moody dramatic soundscapes. Scroll along and they pass before you like pictures on a roll of film. It is McMillion’s morale booster for the people of McDowell, who are doing their utmost hope alive.

Project details

Year of development :2013
Created by:Elaine McMillion, Robert Hall, Jeff Soyk
With:Hollow Interactive, LLC

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