Chinese mines are the most dangerous in the world. Every day 20 people die in accidents. In this web Documentary, Journey to the End of Coal, directors Samuel Bollendorff and Abel Ségrétin chronicle the risk millions of Chinese coal miners take every day to satisfy their own country’s appetite for economic growth, contaminating their environment in the process.
The solar system is all wrong. At least our perception of it is.
“Every picture we ever encounter of the solar system is not to scale,” explains Wylie Overstreet. “The only way to see a scale model of the solar system is to build one.” So he and a group of friends set out to do just that, filming a time-lapse video in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Read More
This week’s digital story spotlight is part critique and part web app sneak-peek. The digital story itself is called The Click Effect and runs on a special platform called Within: Extraordinary Stories in Virtual Reality, which is designed for mobile and the latest VR gear (you can watch it on your PC and use your arrow keys for the panoramic effect, but it doesn’t have the same immersive experience).
I enjoyed a remarkable digital story experience that was recommended to me this week called Awra Amba: Rethink a Beautiful World. It’s a 360º interactive documentary about a village in Ethiopia that has gained worldwide recognition for creating a community based on true equality with the goal of solving socio-economic problems.
After the Storm is one man’s harrowing account of a 1.5 mi (2.4 km) wide EF4 tornado that leveled his home town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011. The storm resulted in 64 deaths, over 1500 injuries, and massive devastation which permanently altered the geography of the town. Told in twelve minutes and fifteen chapters from the perspective of filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace, the story takes us on an a very personal and immersive journey of the hours leading up to the disaster and the aftermath of one of the most destructive storms in our nation’s history.
The simple title is deceptive—like a Chekhov play—because it is very deep and full of symbolism and meaning. What makes this story unique is the way it’s told as an online multilayered graphic novel. Originally penned by Nam Le, an immigrant from Vietnam himself, The Boat is about a young girl’s escape from her country after the fall of Saigon and her journey on a crowded refugee boat toward Australia.
I had a hard week. There was a medical crisis in my family (it’s all good now). Schedules overwhelmed me. Laundry overwhelmed. Everything overwhelmed me.
I ended up playing ambient music in the background for one whole day just to relax (and eating chocolate).
I took a break on Monday and headed up to Estes Park to see the Fall colors. It was such a soul-nurturing time of escape. Something about taking the time to notice the subtle changes around makes me slow down and appreciate all of the beauty of nature and life. And I realized if I don’t make time to see this quick transformation each year then I miss it altogether. Which leads me to why I was inspired to write this week’s digital story critique.
I heard CEO of a company say once “Fail fast and fail often.” I remember cringing when I heard it. We don’t like to fail. Americans feel uncomfortable with failure. But is it healthy? Do we do kids’ a disservice if we reward success and punish failure in school?
“It’s hard to say where the wired world ends and the wild one begins.”
In my ongoing exploration of transmedia, I ran across a very cool web documentary called simply, “Bear 71” produced by the NFB of Canada. Bear 71 is an amazing interactive 20-minute journey from the perspective of a grizzly bear through the Banff National Forest.