Re: hypermedia

From: Flick Harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 31 2010 - 12:48:59 PDT

I made a film / interactive DVD with a similar intention, perhaps in

It contains an experimental short film, with hyperlinks within the
video that lead to documentary interrogations of the narrative text.

Rather than being an analysis of someone else's film, it was more of a
prototype for precisely what you're talking about. The narrative is a
trumped-up context in which to explore the political / economic
factors surrounding cultural production. The mini-doc segments are
tesseracts, in the sense that they loop around and throw the viewer
right back into the film where they left off.

This was in 2004, and I haven't really followed up on the concept,
since it was difficult to find a venue for it. What worked best, at
Interactive Futures and at a Salon in Vancouver, was a screening of
the film, a discussion, and using the interactivity to illuminate the
discussion (in the mediaeval sense). At the NW Film Fest, the film
screened in the cinema and the interactive version was installed in
the media gallery.

So no, not an academic exercise entirely, but certainly a hypermedia
approach to film analysis.

It was originally intended as a flash-media web project, but I didn't
want it to be seen mainly by early-adopters; interactive flash video
at that time was still a rather new concept requiring high bandwidth
and powerful pc's. Plus, I was aiming for a living-room (DVD-player)
experience rather than something in the (online) office space. How
times change: nowadays the cheapness of laptops, wi-fi, etc make it
pointless to distinguish these spaces.



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