Next Generations Docs: Social Media and Cross-platform Storytelling
Digital technology is changing documentary filmmaking. This month the focus is on docs with digital offspring and a great social strategy.
With millions of people active on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, social media has become a new ally during the research and production of a film, and it can keep a project active online long after its launch. The emergence of additional platforms for cross-media storytelling – the Internet, games, mobile TV — is allowing filmmakers to extend their narratives and create completely new ones.
This panel will explore the potential of all this new technology. We’ll hear how producers harness crowdsourcing techniques (the power of the online crowd) to create innovative projects that deepen documentary storytelling and build social experiences.
Brandon Litman is Co-founder of One Day on Earth, and has worked closely with the UN and multinational NGOs to create a global media archive and collaborative feature film on life throughout our planet. Working with the growing One Day on Earth online community, he successfully produced video from every country in the world on the same day, 10/10/10. Brandon is also a partner in the NYC-based postproduction studio, Alien Kung Fu. He studied Finance at the University of Southern California and taught skydiving lessons at Lake Elsinore, CA before moving back to his native NYC.
Ingrid Kopp, Moderator, (pictured above) is Editor-in-Chief of Shooting People (US), an international networking organization for independent filmmakers. She began her career in the Documentaries department at Channel 4 Television in the UK. While there she worked on original commissions and documentary acquisitions and ran a series of workshops for emerging filmmakers. In New York, Kopp worked for a number of independent production companies before joining Shooting People. She writes about film, social media and technology for various publications and teaches Digital Bootcamp workshops. She also works as a documentary programming consultant for film festivals, broadcasters and foundations and is the new media consultant for the TFI New Media Fund.
Produced by Maura Kelly, Marcia Rock and Nancy Rosenthal
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council of the Arts
Last updated: Apr. 27, 2011