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Mozilla and Hot Docs: geeks and filmmakers reinvent storytelling

Hot Docs + Popcorn = awesome

This weekend, the Mozilla Toronto office will host six leading documentary  film-making teams. Their mission: pair up with web developers to push the envelope of documentary storytelling — using cutting-edge new open source software created by the global Mozilla community.

Run in conjunction with the prestigious Hot Docs documentary film festival, the teams will use Mozilla Popcorn to create prototypes that push the limits of storytelling online — pulling context, interactivity and other web elements right into the narrative. The result: a new form of “web-native” cinema that lives, breathes and changes just like the open web itself.

Hot Hacks projects: prototyping the future of story

The six “Hot Hacks” projects are:

 The Message: the (r)evolutionary power of climate change — a multi-platform (book + documentary + web + events) project by author Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis.

Immigrant Nation: Using Facebook and other social media, Immigrant Nation will present a dynamic representation of immigration statistics from across the city.

Turcot: Turcot  looks at Montreal’s largest highway interchange, currently  scheduled  for a complete demolition and rebuild. The interactivity will give residents a voice, using geo-tagging, narrative slide shows, onionskin maps  and a chronological historical timeline.

Following Wise Men (working title): Building  a community  around astronomy through a searchable, community-sourced  science web  site. The project will chart astronomers and their discoveries in the  context of their  professors, mentors and students in an “astronomer’s  family tree.”

Looking at Los Sures: Using  an archival documentary (Los Sures by Diego Echeverria, 1984) about the  South Williamsburg neighborhood, the project brings together new short interactive projects from thirty different  artists over three  years. It will annotate and expand on the original film in new  ways, allowing viewers to move fluidly between the past and present.

The Last Hijack: For over 20 years Somalis have faced the horror of famine and war. The Last Hijack is a story about survival in this failed state, and about the rise of piracy and how it affects the people around it.

Part of The “Living Docs” Project

Hot Hacks is part of the Living Docs project, a series of events, projects and code to bring openness and innovation to documentary. Living Docs is a collaboration between Mozilla, ITVS, the Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC and the Center for Social Media at American University.

Get involved:

Mozilla launches Living Docs Project with world leaders in documentary

Cross-posted from the Mozilla blog

Mozilla is partnering with the world’s leaders in documentary film to launch The Living Docs Project. The partnership will produce events, projects and code aimed at revolutionizing Web-based documentaries, using the power of new open Web tools like Mozilla Popcorn to create new ways of telling stories online.

Living Docs is a partnership between Mozilla, The Tribeca Film Institute, The Center for Social Media at American University, ITVS and BAVC. The Tribeca Film Institute is one of the world’s leading funders of interactive documentaries.

Filmmakers and developers changing the face of storytelling

Living Docs films will apply the “hacker spirit” of open innovation to the world of documentary, using open Web technology, sharing code and resources, and releasing new iterations early and often.

This is about the evolution of the documentary genre,” said Mozilla’s Brett Gaylor. “We’re bringing filmmakers and developers together to tell stories in ways that have never been attempted before.”

“As storytelling enters the 21st Century, we are inspired by Mozilla’s open-source ethos of collaboration, constant learning, and iteration,” said ITVS. “These new ways of working require new skills, new teams, and new aesthetics.”

Living Docs Hack Day from Brett Gaylor on Vimeo.

Hot Docs hackathon

The first Living Docs hackathon will pair web developers and documentary filmmakers at the upcoming Hot Docs film festival in Toronto. The project is now seeking filmmakers with interactive projects to participate in the two-day sprint, which will be held April 28 and 29 at Mozilla Toronto.

Learn more

Buffy slays Twilight: how to make pop-up video mayhem

Remember those awesome pop-up videos on VH1? Thanks to Mozilla Popcorn, the new HTML5 tool for supercharging web video, the pop-up format is about to get a whole new lease on life.

Exhibit A: this wicked “Buffy the Vampire Slayer vs. Edward from Twilight” remix, created by the mash-up maestro from Rebellious Pixels. Check it out here. Then get started making your own pop-up video here.

“Hacking pop culture”

First posted in its original form in 2009, the “Buffy vs. Edward” remix video has garnered over 4 million views, been subtitled into 30 languages, and received media attention from NPR radio to Vanity Fair (“Buffy Could Kick Edward Cullen’s Precious Sparkly Emo Ass“).

The new Mozilla Popcorn-powered “pop-up” version adds a new interactive layer over top, with added annotations, commentary, and tips on protecting yourself from real-life stalkers.

The video’s creator, “pop culture hacker” Jonathan McIntosh, says the remix is all about hacking gender roles and Hollywood cultural coding — a theme he’s explored in other projects like the hilarious “Gendered Advertising Remixer,” now also available in HTML5 format.

Create your own pop-up video with Mozilla Popcorn

Want to add annotations and pop-ups to your own videos? Popcorn Maker is designed to make the power of Mozilla Popcorn more accessible to non-developers and mere mortals. Popcorn Maker’s “pop-up video” template makes it (fairly) easy for you to add annotations and context to just about any video on the web.

The software is still in early alpha version, so there’s still lots of rough edges. But you can check it out and get started now. Just pick “Pop Video” from the “Choose a Template” menu.  Or have a look at the Popcorn Maker user manual here.