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Interactive Filmmaking Round Up Report

Interactive Filmmaking Round Up Report

Interactive Filmmaking Round Up Report Gemma McKinnie Over the course of a year, Sheffield Doc/Fest collaborated with Crossover Labs and film festivals around the country to run a series of workshops on interactivity and filmmaking. All six interactive platforms: Klynt, Racontr, Korsakow, Popcorn Maker, Treehouse and Storygami, give filmmakers the ability to […]

Storygami Report

Storygami Report

  ‘Technology should leave storytellers alone’ is one of the founding principles of Storygami, the interactive platform created by Guy Gunaratne and Heidi Lindvall. It’s comparable in some ways to Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker: rather than a tool for connecting multiple videos in a branching narrative, it allows filmmakers to create […]

The Crossover Summit 2015

Quite fittingly, this year’s summit on new technologies and interactive media was hosted in the city’s oldest chapel on the second day of Sheffield Documentary Festival. What better place to explore the effect of immersive medias and virtual reality (VR) than a chapel, used for the remaining 360 days of […]

Interlude Treehouse Report

Interlude Treehouse Report

  Interlude’s interactive platform, Treehouse, is named after its central metaphor: with interactive platforms, narratives can be made to ‘branch out’ in all sorts of directions. As a video plays, multiple-choice options present themselves to the viewer, who can then choose which branches they’d like to climb out on to […]

Popcorn Report

Popcorn Report

  Mozilla’s own foray into interactive filmmaking comes as part of their Webmaker kit, and part of their ‘mission to create a more open, web literate world’. The ‘Popcorn’ filmmaking tool is accessible via two routes: Popcorn Maker, and Popcorn.js. Popcorn.js is for those with access to a programmer, and […]

Interlude Treehouse at Flatpack Film Festival

Interlude Treehouse at Flatpack Film Festival

_ We are super excited to be bringing the guys from Interlude to Flatpack Film Festival on the 26th of March. Interlude is the company behind the interactive storytelling authoring suite ‘Interlude Treehouse’, and will be giving a hands on tutorial during the day long workshop. Interlude Treehouse allows video […]

Remixing the internet with Popcorn.JS in Stoke-on-Trent

Remixing the internet with Popcorn.JS in Stoke-on-Trent

The Crossover Labs Interactive Workshop train is rolling in to Stoke Your Fires in Stoke-on-Trent with Popathon who’ll be remixing the internet using Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker JS. Part of Mozilla’s Popcorn project, Popcorn.js is an HTML5 media framework written in JavaScript for filmmakers and web developers to create time-based interactive […]

Korsakow – not the linear-causal way of thinking

Korsakow – not the linear-causal way of thinking

  “What is a story?” asks Florian Thalhofer at the Korsakow hackathon in Brighton. The audience’s responses consider ‘structure’, ‘communication’, ‘changes in situations’, ‘ideas’, ‘message’, ‘experience’. But no single answer wins out. “Humans are narrative creatures” he says. “Causal thinking forms decision making… but Korsakow is not the linear-causal way […]

Working with Racontr

Working with Racontr

Racontr, like Klynt, has been designed and built to allow storytellers to create interactive experiences with their material. But unlike Klynt, Racontr is currently a cloud-based application. Movies can become multimedia, data can become dynamic, and audiences can be gathered and cultivated within your projects. The advantages of a cloud-based […]

New Pins on the Crossover Pinterest!

New Pins on the Crossover Pinterest!

It’s got pretty serious on the Crossover Labs Pinterest with interactive documentaries about both World War 1 and Isis featuring. In their coverage of the 100-year anniversary of World War 1 the BBC produced this interactive project where you take the place of a young soldier sent in to battle.  […]