The triple aspects of social media

Your digital story requires you to implement a social media strategy for a small production project, based on all the social media you have experimented with during the earlier phases of the course. From the perspective of the media production discipline, social media is ‘triple-aspected’: a professional networking tool. It establishes your credibility within a ...

from individuals to arguments

from individuals to arguments
The Dream is Now is a participatory “documentary” about undocumented children in the US, deriving its content from UGC ‘confessional video’ style pieces to camera. This doco captures, to great effect, is the moment – in this it replicates the strength of social media, the ability to take the pulse of now. But what happens ...

Curation is the zeitgeist of our times

Curation is the zeitgeist of our times
Producer Steve Rosenbaum‘s antidote to digital overload: To separate signal from noise, there’s an emerging class of information superheroes called Content Curators. They’ve got ties to a number of legacy job descriptions, but they’re in some ways extraordinarily new. Think of them like Journalists who’ve climbed into a time machine and been transported to the ...

an activist UGC doco

an activist UGC doco
Rise Like Lions: OWS and the Seeds of Revolution (2011) by Scott Noble is a tribute to good editing, as Noble manages to bring together UGC from various sources, captured various ways, and makes it work together. The approach gives the work a very different, participatory mood. It’s more like a tribute to a movement ...

the ‘industrialisation’ of electronic media

the 'industrialisation' of electronic media
The US movie industry developed into its current form in the 1910’s and 1920’s for a number of reasons – technical, financial, cultural and social. In the USA, it resulted in bodies to control the distribution of ‘sanctioned’ films; a new profession, the film distributor middle-man; the star system (Dominick, p 204-5), and a system ...

youtube confessions

We’ve all seen them – heartfelt autobiographical pieces to the computer camera, uploaded, with little or no editing, to Youtube. How are we to understand the phenomenon of the Youtube confession? Michael Renov argues that it is a function of the personal video camera to elicit this type of media, in comparison to the industrial ...

an intimate distance

What sort of authority does social media provide as documentary source material? I’m going to ponder this question by contrasting the idea of social-media-as-archive with the Albert Kahn archive, as discussed by Paula Amad in her recent book. The Kahn archive doesn’t contain documentaries, but raw, unedited footage – source material for possible documentaries. Kahn ...

Ante-natal depression via Spundge

Spundge is a tool that helps you do online research. One of these days I’d like to make some sort of documentary on ante-natal depression, which is an under-recognised consition that I suffered from myself (looking for interviewees, btw). So I have made a Spundge notebook to keep track of what get published online about ...

the anthropology of social media

the anthropology of social media
Claude Levi-Strauss thought that it was the anthropologist’s job to endure the dross of everyday routine, …the thousand and one dreary tasks which eat away the days to no purpose… in order to get from them some unknown or new information about the subject people (Amad, page 66). Of course, Levi-Strauss developed his structuralist approach ...

Documentary and self-promotion don’t mix

A declaration of interdependence was directed by Tiffany Schlain and is “an exhilarating montage of user-generated videos and graphics, a global mash-up demonstrating the vast potential of creative collaboration in the 21st century”. Part of a series that Schlain and team are creating, she hopes to develop a new form of cloud documentary. Her principles ...

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