Film Festival

Sound of Vision.

In the last 5 years film making has undergone a revolution. Camera technologies have improved. Editing and compositing software has gotten so good and so easy to use that anyone with a good eye and design sensibility can produce a pretty solid film with a digital camera, and a laptop. This is something that would have been really hard to do a few years back. I’m not saying that everyone can do this. There is plenty of junk on the internet, but when the right tools are in the right hands, magic happens.

A great example of this is from Konstantin Syomin and “20Coop”. Their documentary film, “Sound of Vision” was shot entirely on a Panasonic GH2 micro four-thirds camera. The film won the International Documentary Challenge in Toronto. I tried to embed the video below but couldn’t instead click on the image below to be taken to the film page. Here you can see this wonderful film, plus the rest of the finalist.

The film won

— Best Film
— PBS’ POV award
— Best cinematography
— Best editing
— Best use of Genre

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“Bear 71” Real World Convergence in Film.

This year at the Sundance Film Festival, a new interactive documentary short film titled “Bear 71 Live ” debuted. Based on the Vimeo trailer that I saw earlier today, this is one of the best examples of digital convergence in media that I have seen.

Bear 71, an interactive, multi-user documentary experience and installation that combines thousand of images captured with motion activated cameras. The whole experience observes and records the intersection of humans, nature, and technology in a live, connected event.Bear 71 is a multi-user, interactive story that blurs the line between the wild world and the wired one we experience every day.

The interactive experience allows users to explore the bear’s natural habitat through an array of motion sensors, live streaming web cams, GPS equipment and an interactive documentary film.

Created by Jam3 and The National Film Board of Canada this is one seriously cool form of convergence media.

“Bear 71 Live observes and records the intersection of humans, nature and technology in a live, Internet connected event. Questioning how we see the world through the lens of technology, this multi-user, interactive story blurs the line between the wild world and the wired one. And it involves an augmented reality app. nfb.ca/bear71