Calling All Documentarians: Your Ideas About the Future of Doc Storytelling
Descrip and panelists:
The Future of Visual Storytelling:
Content-Driven Technologies and the New Documentary Movement
There is no question that the way people consume content has fundamentally changed over the last several years. Whether online, on mobile devices, DVD/BluRay, or in physical spaces, the way we tell stories is also changing. What is the future of documentary filmmaking, with the reality of shorter attention spans, laptop culture and evolving technology that enables new ways to interact with narrative content? This panel will explore the emerging developments, new opportunities and technical challenges in the field – is interactivity the end of traditional narrativity?
Lance Weiler, The Workbook Project
Mark Gibson, Media Consultant
Tina Singleton, Witness
Joaquin Alvarado, CPB
Here are some of the topics I plan to bring up... feel free to respond or to add others in the comments below.
Round 1: In five years, what will people mean when they say “documentary”? What will have changed, what will remain the same about the form? What new possibilities will documentary storytellers be seizing?
Round 2: What today feels to you like the platform or new technology that offers the most potential for documentary storytellers to connect with audiences and change the world? (IE, the iPhone, games, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
Round 3: What’s the most significant change you see taking place among viewers, and the way they consume/create/interact with content?
Round 4: What’s one project that to you feels like it represents a new, experimental (perhaps interactive) direction in documentary storytelling?
Round 5: What is the role of the director, producer, and the creative team? Are they ringmasters, conversation catalysts, community organizers? How does the work of creating new elements around the film balance with all the work of creating the film itself? What about giving up control – how does that square with the traditional control-oriented nature of filmmaking?
Round 6: What question would you like to ask the audience, or your fellow panelists?