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  • 1. A WEBDOCUMENTARYSURVIVAL KIT:THE ESSENTIALS IN <10 MINUTESTHE PODCAST VERSIONINSTRUCTOR: JOANNE TEOHHOSTED ON: HTTP://ERNIE.SG
  • 2. BROUGHT TOYOU BY:AMIRAHERNIELIP TENGZHEN WEI
  • 3. GROUNDS COVERED• Traditional documentary versus web documentary • Linear versus non-linear • One-way versus interactive• Possibilities • Empowering self-representations • The audience as active participant• Challenges • Funding dilemmas • Collaborating for diverse skillsets • Difficulties with user-generated content and limitations of bandwidth
  • 4. HOW TO USE THIS• First, sit back and enjoy the show.• Next, browse over to other topics for a deeper understanding by clicking on them in the final slide.• YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED!
  • 5. WHAT IS A TRADITIONALDOCUMENTARY?• The Wee Kim Wee Journalism major says a documentary is… • based on the recreation of an actual event, era, life story, etc. that purports to be factually accurate • Its outcome is inevitably subjective
  • 6. WHAT IS A WEBDOCUMENTARY?• An online documentary that employs multimedia tools as a new way of telling stories on the internet• Non-linear narratives
  • 7. WHAT IS A WEBDOCUMENTARY?• Fundamentally changes the way the storyteller relates to the perception of the viewer
  • 8. WHAT IS A WEBDOCUMENTARY?• The internet is Twitter, that everything has to be short and your video cannot exceed 5 minutes out of the window• The web documentary supports narrative journalism by developing journalistic narratives with images at the centre
  • 9. EXAMPLES OF WEBDOCUMENTARIES• Journey to the End of Coal
  • 10. EXAMPLES OF WEBDOCUMENTARIES• The Places We Live
  • 11. THE ADVANTAGES OFWEB DOCUMENTARIES• For individuals and communities: better self- representations by making it possible to beyond the camera angle • Example: Nowhere Safe - the narrative basically zooms into the same photo of a mans face over a span of 4 minutes
  • 12. THE ADVANTAGES OFWEB DOCUMENTARIES• Deeper narratives for the audience, more autonomy to subjects of documentaries• For individuals and communities: speak and capture their own stories better
  • 13. THE ADVANTAGES OFWEB DOCUMENTARIES• For the audience: from passive receiver into active participant • The audience’s participation and interaction is demanded • The audience can explore at own pace and liking
  • 14. THE ADVANTAGES OFWEB DOCUMENTARIES• For the audience, one’s level of interest is greatly enhanced• For the activist journalist: a powerful tool for social change
  • 15. THE CHALLENGES OFWEB DOCUMENTARIES• Production cost • Prison Valley, a web documentary exploring the prison industry cost a hefty 240 000 euros• Funding is particularly difficult for documentarians • Problem further compounded since web documentarians’ work often defy traditional conceptions of film• Fortunately, web documentaries can be cheaper to produce • Highrise: Out My Window, a 360 degrees project which allows you to view real-life locations around the world would have cost $750000 if done as a film than the $150000 it had taken for the web documentary
  • 16. THE CHALLENGES OFWEB DOCUMENTARIES• Technical Challenge• The challenge of collaboration amongst a diverse group of individuals with different expertise• Legal and ethical implications of crowdsourcing ideas• Bandwidth• More pros and cons
  • 17. THE WEB DOCUMENTARYAS A GAME-CHANGER• The Macro picture: • How is web journalism changing and how is it impacting society? • Issues and critical perspectives• The Micro picture: • How to produce a web documentary? What is required in terms of team, skills and processes?THE ESSENTIALS IN <10 MINUTESA WEB DOCUMENTARY SURVIVAL KITTHE PODCAST VERSIONHOSTED ON: HTTP://ERNIE.SG