We are a group of youth producers from the Educational Video Center’s Tuesday/Thursday New Media Arts Program. We are creating an interactive documentary on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives as well as the lives of vulnerable populations. We specifically focused on incarcerated people and NYC students facing inequity.
The interactive documentary is housed in a website. When a viewer enters the site, it asks the viewer a question. Based on the answer, the viewer will be led to a certain part of the documentary for a personalized experience.
The aim of the project is to build empathy and understanding of how people are impacted by the pandemic and resources and information to support vulnerable populations during the pandemic.
The video is a trailer for our interactive documentary/website. It pulls from video diaries created by the students from the workshop.
The photos capture the following aspects of our process:
Wireframe of the interactive documentary, a screenshot of an archival documentary created by youth producers in the late 1980s to understand why history matters when understanding inequity in education today, and a screen shot of a documentary from the NYT on incarceration that is included in our project.
I like how the idea for this video shows contextualizes what's happening now with discussions of other issues and sharing individual as well as community perspectives. I thought you picked nice visuals to go with the narration. It reminded me of when I was an instructional designer at Kognito and we had to think about what visuals would best represent the things we wanted people to learn about.
I love your design so much, it's such a cool idea to have a personalized experience for different audiences on your website. The diagram rocks and is very clear on how to make that possible. The trailer is really well done and drives home the point of your project. Well done!
Wow. Just wow. I'm totally floored by this idea and its execution. The trailer gave me chills. The writing is fantastic and your voices are so meaningful and well recorded. I want to see the finished product. What an amazing idea: an interactive documentary? This needs to be a thing. I can see exactly where this is going from your wireframe. You all are so talented and creative and I can't wait to see where this goes next. A lot of companies and projects develop a public website for projects like this, with a roadmap, stories about the creators, and explanations about the project. Just thinking, this might serve you well as you continue to work on this project. If you're serious about making it a reality, I think it's the kind of thing you could raise money for through GoFundMe, or there are even organizations that want to fund documentary projects exactly like this. But for everything you've done so far, well done.
This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be saved for when historians look back on this time - real stories about real experiences.
Really thought-provoking, and it conveys the mood that everyone has these days... melancholy, sad, frustrated. Great work with the narration and shots.
I really like the idea of this video, because people may not be thinking about incarcerated people and school inequality during this time. Thus, you are bringing awareness to this important topic.