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A project development programme
for expanded documentaries
14—18 April 2018
Nyon, Switzerland

The sixth edition of this residential workshop will introduce participants to nonfiction digital storytelling and accompany them in the development of a first interactive documentary proof of concept.

1418 April 2018. Nyon, Switzerland

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Projects • 2018

Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Milk is a transmedia project about the creative potential of people with autism. Jonathan is a 30-year old person, who has perfect pitch, perfect memory, and likes chocolate milk. He is the main character, but also a co-creator of the project. Jonathan’s passions are music and video editing. His goal is to create a video per day on topics from popular culture. Taking into consideration his passion, we decided to co-create this project. The story explores Jonathan’s life based on his perfect memory of many interesting situations and experiences through the documentary, web series and virtual reality.
The documentary follows Jonathan’s daily life while the web-series explore his creative process of making a VR. The main reason for selecting the VR is that virtual reality can place the viewer in the shoes of someone else and provide almost real experience. This project is meant to educate the audience about the life of a person with autism, by providing the insight of their world. It will be an animation since the idea is to create a simulation of being inside of Jonathan's mind. This project does not cover the entire range of autism spectrum, but it shows a small portion of it through Jonathan’s eyes. The viewer will see the real situations which Jonathan experienced but from his perspective. The VR aims to create not only an immersive experience but also an emotional transformation.


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Crossed-Out Warsaw

Crossed-Out Warsaw is a VR journey through a legendary district of Polish capital that was never constructed. It was designed including buildings like The Parliament, Temple of Divine Providence, foreign ministries, state embassies, and headquarters of important institutions. In 1918 the country of Poland, after 123 years under occupation, got back its independence and appeared again on the political map of Europe. 20 years later the construction of a new capital began. In the heart of Warsaw one man, Bohdan Pniewski, has started to make his dream about the most important district in the city come true. In the Architect’s vision a long, monumental axis ended with an impressive modernist Temple of Divine Providence, which next to Paris-based Notre Dame Cathedral would seem extraordinarily massive. On the opposite side of the main Avenue, appeared another urban giant – the headquarters of Polish Radio – which could have been one of the highest buildings in Europe of that time, similar to New York-based United Nations headquarters designed by Le Corbusier almost 10 years later. Those and others magnificent buildings never got realized. A wonderful dream of a newborn country was interrupted by Second World War. A dream of a pioneer architect, and the entire nation was gone forever. We decided to recreate it in virtual reality. Our interactive journey starts in a virtual atelier of Pniewski. The user can also decide which objects he/she wants to see, and can move deeper into virtual reality to build his/her own experience of pre-war Warsaw.
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Case studies • 2018

Elastic Time


Mixed reality interactive documentary about space-time narrated by astronomer Tony Stark (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). A real-time hologram of your body is integrated into the observatory room. Using the controllers, you bend space and time to your will, creating black-holes, worm-holes and time portals.


Speakers: Mark Boulos, Javier Bello Ruiz, Robin Mange (IMVERSE, CH)

Moderator: Sandra Gaudenzi

When: Sunday, 15 April 2018, 14h30–16h00

Where: Colombière Grande Salle (Rue de la Colombière 18, Nyon)


www.imverse.ch/elastictime
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Projects • 2018

From the Jungle to the Future


Vítor Hugo Costa

vitor.hc@gmail.com


Ricardo de Almeida

hibridpictures@gmail.com


From the Jungle to the Future is a journey into the indigenous Xingu community in the Amazon forest. The project is composed by two complementary formats. A linear 360° stereoscopic VR Series and a feature length documentary. Preconception about the other, human relationships and memory perpetuation are recurrent and essential themes in our previous works and consequently in this project. Because of their strong activism regarding the protection of the rain forest, of the indigenous territories and of their cultural heritage, the Xingu community has been on the medias spotlight for a long time, being observed from the outside. And we feel it's time to change the roles. In that sense, we want the Xingu to show themselves their own universe. Our team will go to the amazon and show them how to work with a 360o camera, enabling them to film their daily life, their tradition and culture through their own point of view. This collaboration with the Xingu will provide the viewer of the VR Series the opportunity to immerse into an intimate experience and, through this acknowledgement, perpetuate the Xingu culture. On the feature documentary, we will explore the same themes mentioned above in more detail, working around the idea of them showing us their world and telling their stories, a film within a film. Our intention is to be the architects of the experience in which the Xingu are the co-creators. As storytellers with privileged access to this territory and to the people who are the most active in defending an ecological heritage that belongs to us all, we eager to make this project.
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Half a Life (XR)

Half a Life (XR) is an animated non-fiction transmedia project that focuses on LGBT+ communities in Egypt, which have recently faced a surge in discrimination and violence, and the process of seeking asylum as an LGBT+ refugee in Europe.

1. A short animated documentary (completed), featuring the personal testimony of a young, gay, Egyptian activist as he struggles to decide whether to keep fighting for LGBT+ rights in Cairo, the place he loves, or prioritize his safety and seek asylum in another country. (Premiered at Museum of Modern Art - MoMA New York)

2. An interactive, animated, virtual and augmented reality documentary that explores the universal theme of belonging through a VR/AR experience that invites the audience to follow an Egyptian lesbian couple, on their search for acceptance in The Netherlands from the playful, interactive perspective of their pet dog, Tuti. (Prototyped)

3. An interactive audio driven oral history book that brings together the oral histories of all the characters from the 2011 Egyptian Revolution through present day — through visceral audio stories, illustrations, animations, and stock footage. (currently in prototype development)  


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Trainers • 2018

Javier Bello Ruiz



Expert
Born in Spain, MSc in Computer Science Engineering by the University of Zaragoza (2010) with focus in HCI and business management, later lab manager at the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (2013-2017). 
Previously managing VR projects for cognitive neuroscience research about brain mechanisms of body perception, body awareness and self- consciousness, he co-founded Imverse SA in 2017. 

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Trainers • 2018

John-Paul Marin



Development Lab mentor
John-Paul is a highly experienced digital executive who, over the past 15 years, has combined technology with story to produce dozens of interactive experiences across the web, VR and TV. His work has won numerous awards including a Webby, SXSW Interactive Innovation and Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. He currently heads up the SBS Digital Creative Labs in Sydney.
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Karim Ben Khelifa



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Karim Ben Khelifa, 45, is an award winning photojournalist who has freelanced regularly for Time, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Stern, The New York Times Magazine and dozens of others. He is the director of the breakthrough VR and AR journalism project “The Enemy” which premiered in Paris in 2017.
Karim is widely known for his coverage of the Middle East conflicts and troubles, especially the Iraq and Afghan wars, where he covered the insurgent sides. He has worked in more than 80 countries and territories and has had exhibition on four continents.
Ben Khelifa was in 2012 Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism where he has given talks and lectures in different schools of Harvard University. In 2013/2014 he has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Open Documentary Lab at MIT. In the academic years of 2015/2017, he was a visiting Artist at the Center for Art, Science and Technology as well as a fellow at the Imagination, Computation and Expression Lab, both at MIT in Cambridge.

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Projects • 2018

Legacy of an Invisible Bullet


Jesper Jack

jesper@houseofreal.dk 

www.houseofreal.dk


Marie Schmidt Olesen

marxiesolesen@gmail.com


Film-maker Doug Aubrey has spent his entire adult and professional life with a camera in his hand, making video art and observing a world and people in conflict. Diagnosed with thyroid cancer after a winter surf trip, he turned his camera’s gaze inward and set about making roughly 120 short films.

Legacy of an Invisible Bullet isn’t simply a series of video diaries or a cancer journey, but a hybrid documentary exploring body politics and reflection in the age of the selfie. It is also a search for hidden truths amid the toxic legacies of war in the atomic age as well as a stream of fragments, intimately exploring an inland geography that is populated by universal human emotions.

Legacy of an Invisible Bullet is a visceral self-portrait of a film-maker stripped bare. An existential surf trip – mirroring the fear, hopes and dreams of a man in adrift, querying all he knows, was and has become.


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Trainers • 2018

Lina Srivastava



Development Lab mentor
Lina Srivastava is a social innovation strategist and the founder of CIEL | Creative Impact and Experience Lab, a cultural innovation strategy group. Lina has worked on engagement campaigns documentaries including Born into Brothels, The Devil Came on Horseback, Inocente, and Who Is Dayani Cristal? The former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and Association of Video and Filmmakers, Lina founded the Transformational Change Leadership project, and has worked with social impact organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank, and FilmAid. She is on faculty in the MFA Program in Design and Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. Lina is a Fulbright Specialist candidate, on the US State Department’s American Film Showcase roster, Rockwood Institute/ JustFilms Fellow, recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation leadership grant, Civic Hall Labs Fellow, Boehm Media Fellow, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Lina is a graduate of New York University School of Law.
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Projects • 2018

Love is not an Orange

Expressing your feelings might not come so easily after life pulls you away from your loved ones. But you can send them a box of oranges instead. For sixteen years, Olimpia and her daughter Victoria tried to fill the gap of their separation by exchanging boxes filled with presents. Today they’re finally back together in Moldova, but like many families from their generation, they’re struggling to reconnect. Through the documentary feature and the web platform, I would like to create a ground for stories such as this one to be shared. The platform will trigger an indirect dialog between families affected by migration. I would like to broaden the idea of the documentary to an interactive participation, where people can perceive the migration experience through the received objects and items. The platform invites people to discover these stories by unpacking boxes. By accessing the objects inside of it with a click, you will be able to hear its story, as well as follow the path that the box made to reach its destination. Each box contains a letter written by a mother, which one will also be able to hear. Furthermore, the film will be supported by an exhibition that will include some of these objects. The visitor will be able to hear the story of each object by connecting their mobile phone to a sensor, which will then take them to the platform and show the place of that object inside the box. The exhibition will be held at the different screening venues of the film, inviting people to interact before and after the projection. Through these three elements I hope to create more awareness and generate a space for discussion in the society but most important among the affected community in order to heal their scars.
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Mabs

Mabs is a transmedia project that combines science, art and storytelling. Inspired by the science behind the Nobel prize invention of monoclonal antibodies, made by argentine scientist César Milstein in 1984, this storyworld extends itself in the wonders of a silent scientific revolution: a breakthrough on immunology that allowed us to have successful drugs, tools in medical applications, in diagnostics and in public healthcare. The transmedia storyworld consist of a VR voyage into the human body, witnessing in a poetic way, the complexity and beauty of what keeps us alive. A linear documentary reconstructs the scientific quest to create monoclonal antibodies while a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) links the VR piece and the documentary in an educational/narrative adventure to ignite the passion of students for the world of science.
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Trainers • 2018

Mark Boulos



Expert
Mark Boulos is a filmmaker and artist working across documentary film, photography, video art, interactive installations, and virtual reality. 
He is Assistant Professor of Film at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCU Arts) in Richmond, Virginia, USA. 
His first artist monograph was published in 2017 Hatje Cantz, Germany. In 2015, he received the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. His solo shows include LAXART, Los Angeles; FACT, Liverpool; MoMA New York; Perez Miami Art Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His group exhibitions include the Geneva Biennale of the Moving Image (2015), the Berlin Biennale (2010), and the Sydney Biennale (2008). 
He is represented by Galerie Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam. 

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Trainers • 2018

Michael Kaschner



Development Lab expert panel
Michael Kaschner, born in 1975, has been working as a freelance content creator, screenwriter and director in the field of factual entertainment for the public-law broadcasters (amongst other things for TerraX, TerraXpress, ZDF Info, ARTE, Andreas Kieling, and show teasers for Thomas Gottschalk). Since October 2013, he is the Senior Producer at ZDF Digital Medienproduktion GmbH where he initially manages the set-up of an editorial office for the series TerraXpress. By now, he has also been supervising a network consisting of more than 100 freelance authors for various formats. In parallel to his commitment in the field of interactive VR, Michael Kaschner is setting up a new fiction department at ZDF Digital, which develops new formats for the crime film genre and web series, as well as horizontal, episode-spanning series for streaming services and Pay TV. Michael Kaschner is a guest lecturer at the center for media competences, ZFM, at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, as well as at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and for the study program Serial Storytelling at the International Film School in Cologne (IFS).
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Projects • 2018

Pearl of Absurd

Pearl of Absurd is a documentary film and a cross media platform about city of Odessa, Ukraine. We set up a journey to the coast of the Black Sea to see the European city inside post-Soviet reality. Odessa - place of myths, historical challenges and my roots. Connection with which was lost in 1917 during October Revolution. Since that everything is covered with forced silence. Old buildings are the only connection to previous generations. They are ruining so fast and spirit of the city is disappearing. Though there are activists, who are defending and preserving cultural heritage in different artistic ways. The film is designed as first-person story, where the teller is the director. She guides us through the city, trying to build the bridge between past and future. Story of my family is the story of our whole generation. Transmedia is our tool to reach young generation, engage them in urban activism and call to action. We will use social media (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook) as platform to build community. Modern art with new technologies (performances, projections, AR/MR) will help to transform attitude to the old buildings and make them interesting for young people.
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Trainers • 2018

Robin Mange



Expert
Starting to code at the age of 11, Swiss computer graphics enthusiast and expert, Robin has more than 10 years’ experience in volumetric rendering and has been working on virtual and mixed reality for the past 5 years.
MSc in Communication Systems by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (2008). Previously at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL as a mixed reality engineer in 2013, just before co-founding Imverse SA in 2017. 

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Sabine Bubeck-Paaz



Development Lab expert panel
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is a commissioning editor at ZDF (German public broadcaster) for various documentary slots on ARTE, the European Culture Channel. The ZDF department “Thema”, where she is deputy head of, is dealing with One Offs, Season programming, Theme Evenings, the documentary series “ARTE Discovery” and Cross Media Projects. The investigative and creative documentary projects she is involved in are mostly international coproductions. The topics range from Culture, Science and History to Current Affairs, Human Interest and socio-political issues – always wishing to discover strong and surprising stories. Lately, she has been involved in the Oscar nominated coproductions “The Act of Killing”, “The Look of Silence”, “Claude Lanzmann – Spectres of the Shoah” and other award winning documentaries and cross media productions like “Drone”, “netwars”, “I am Ingrid Bergman”, “The Queen of Silence”, “Sugar Coated” etc. As a tutor, she has been participating in international pitching and training workshops. Since 2015, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is also Head of Studies of ESoDoc - European Social Documentary (www.esodoc.eu).
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Trainers • 2018

Sandra Gaudenzi



Expert
Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialize in the field of digital interactive narrative. She has taught interactive media theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) during thirteen years, completed a PhD about interactive documentary at Goldsmiths, and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. She also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences such as WebDox, blogs, researches and runs a monthly meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative. Her latest adventure is !F Lab, a new training scheme opened to interactive storytellers, where their projects can be incubated during a period of six months. !F Lab is a Creative Europe initiative.
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Trainers • 2018

Sönke Kirchhof



Development Lab mentor
Sönke Kirchhof is CEO and executive producer of award-winning VR Full Service Studio INVR.SPACE GmbH. He studied political science in Hamburg and Film – and TV Production at Filmuniversität Babelsberg. He works in the fields of VR, stereoscopic filmmaking, VFX and CGI Postproduction as well as Research and Development in arts and technology since more than 15 years. He is also founder of reallifefilm international GmbH, working as Producer and Stereographer in all kind of projects. At INVR.SPACE he is in charge of all business- related operations as well as deciding on creative and technologic approaches. With INVR.SPACE and reallifefilm international he is involved in international projects with customers and partners such as Samsung, Unicef, BMW, Harman and Porsche, as well as Arte and ZDF.
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Trainers • 2018

Susanna Lotz



Development Lab mentor
After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies. Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”.
Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”. Today Susanna Lotz lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the interactive documentary workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.

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Case studies • 2018

The Enemy


The Enemy is always invisible. When he becomes visible, he ceases to be the Enemy. For the first time, in augmented-reality, a new documentary gives users the opportunity to meet soldiers from opposite sides of the same conflict. Each fighter offers personal perspectives on war, in their own words, discussing their motivations for fighting and what their future might look like.
One of the first apps to take full advantage of the new ARKit framework for iOS11, The Enemy takes you to a whole new level of AR experience—an unforgettably real encounter. Blending digital representation of real-life fighters in 3D from information with the environment around you, ARKit allows them to interact with the real world as never before. 

Speaker: Karim Ben Khelifa (CAN/FR)
Moderator: Sandra Gaudenzi
When: Sunday, 15 April 2018, 14h30–16h00
Where: Colombière Grande Salle (Rue de la Colombière 18, Nyon)

http://theenemyishere.org
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Projects • 2018

The Last River

Some years ago, thanks to a passion in tribal art, I went in contact with some artists from Papua New Guinea. They live along the Sepik River, one of the last untouched environment in the world. One of them is Claytus, a 63 years old master carver. Claytus talked me about the new open air Mine of Gold and Copper that will start soon its operations in the upper Sepik. The Mining is managed by the Pan Aust, an australian company, in agreement with the Government and it will be one of the biggest in the world. Claytus is afraid that the pollution from the mining could damage the River like happened 20 years ago in the other big river of the country, The Fly River, where due to pollution 50.000 inhabitants were displaced elsewhere. The documentary tells the story of Claytus while he travels with his canoe, along the Sepik, from village to village in order to inform the villagers about the mining dangers, trying to create awareness and asking them to take action. This will be the first part of the project as a character driven linear documentary. A second part will be a web-documentary where the users could see how other people on the river are acting to protect their cultural heritage, after the requests of Claytus. For Papua New Guinea people the territory is at the same time the ancestors house, the religion and the source of food and they identify themselves with the River. We plan a first production trip as early as in August 2018 before the Mining will start its operations.
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Twin Marilyn


Sara Božanić

sara@transmedia-design.me


Petra Bertalanič

petra@transmedia-design.me


What if the clues to Marilyn Monroe’s mysterious death were to be found in Twin Peaks? And what if it was up to you, to piece all the clues together?

Twin Peaks is about Marilyn Monroe. The question asked by everyone watching the show — Who killed Laura Palmer? — should have been: Who killed Marilyn Monroe? The documentary contains unmistakable clues that reference Monroe’s life and death, from visuals and set pieces (i.e. an Abraham Lincoln portrait, coffee references, the names of the female characters) to Laura’s confessions (on tape and in her diary) and narrative developments.

Laura’s and Marilyn’s personalities are uncannily similar: both started as innocent young women who dramatically changed when they realized their sexuality, enjoyed the power that came from their sexual charisma, and both took drugs, flirting with the dark side. Laura and Marilyn had secret affairs with powerful men (Horne and the Kennedy brothers respectively), and felt contempt for their ‘boring’ boyfriend/husband. Furthermore, they both kept a secret red diary in which they threatened to expose their lover’s secrets. Quite incredibly, Laura’s diary entries match almost verbatim some of Monroe’s letters to her psychiatrist. And, ultimately, the men in Laura Palmer’s life and the reveal of her killer contain an intriguing explanation as to the death of Marilyn Monroe… Once Marilyn’s killer is revealed, we probe into the more complex question -- what led Marilyn to this untimely death? Here, again, we delve into Twin Peaks for clues, and it is the childhood sexual abuse that both Monroe and Laura suffered that is the key to unlocking their personas, their behaviour and their tragic lives. In this way we are thematizing abuse as having a far-reaching impact on someone’s life, and the VR experience is intended to accentuate the empathy layer of such abuse stories.

The project is showcased in the form of a VR experience, broken down into smaller segments (6 episodes x 8’ to 12’), which together form the whole documentary film. The VR experience is changing the way we view and feel the scenes, easing yourself into the new realms of discovering the secrets of Marilyn Monroe’s life and death.


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