To get a greater idea about what type of documentary I want to produce, I have been researching a few other online documentaries that are similar in either subject matter or form. Below just a few notes I jotted down whilst viewing these works:
THE TEST TUBE (2010): http://testtube.nfb.ca
– Focuses on overpopulation, but has interesting use of viewer metadata
– Each person is asked ‘If you had an extra minute, what would you do’? à these results are compiled at the end of the documentary
– Users can explore how each individual person answers à could be used for the question ‘What do you fear’
– Twitter handles representing viewers increasingly fill the screen à demonstrate the ills of overpopulation
– Data is compiled by key words, but full responses can be explored at a viewer’s digression.
A VIRUS CALLED FEAR (2012):
– Stand alone short film, but covers some interesting aspects of fear à try to take themes discussed in this and add more interactive element
– Fear: program that infects rationale though
– Is fear an innate quality in all humans à adaptive quality of fear
– “We needed to be afraid of certain things to survive.”
– Fear as a valuable psychological device
– Superstitious habits vs. superstitious responses
– “What we needed to be afraid of to survive.”
– Functional fears vs. irrational fears
– Religion is something people find comforting à fear of death pacified by religious devotion.
– Religion, a societal way of coping with anxieties???
– Physiological response to fear à increased heart beat, enhancement of the senses,
– News media preferentially feeds us negative stories, what we are most likely to pay attention to. “If it bleeds it leads”
– In groups and out groups
– Substituting our fears for something else
THE GLOBAL MAIL POWERHOUSE TOOLS (2012-2014) http://powerhouse.theglobalmail.org
– Uses available metadata and presents it in an interactive an engaging manner
– Size of icons increase depending on how many phrase/words are said
– How can I use existing or collect my own metadata to create an interesting project?
– Politalk puts data on a chronological continuum. Could I map society’s changing fears over time? Is this data available?
– Data can be viewed in different forms and is presented in different ways, although it is mostly based on the same data.
A JOURNAL INSOMINA 2013 (http://insomnia.nfb.ca/#/insomnia)
– Viewers can organize a time to speak to other insomnia –sufferers at which point they are connected by webcam. Could people with similar fears be connected so they can discuss their shared terror?
– User interaction is the predominate feature of this documentary, minimal interviews and other information
– The effect is powerful, a more immersive experience then being told/informed