All posts for Tag: crowd sourcing

You Gotta Be There: CFC Media Lab Hits the WSFF Symposium

POWER HOUR: CFC Media Lab

Join Leonardo Dell’Anno, Operations and Special Projects Manager, CFC Media Lab; Joyce Wong, Technology and Production Manager, CFC Media Lab; and Andrea Mallozzi, Digital Operations and Social Media Coordinator for a discussion about the future of the CFC Media Lab.

The CFC Media Lab has a 15-year track record of success at building collaborative environments for creative transformation in interactive media. The next evolution of the CFC Media Lab is to focus on sustainability, innovation and the global footprint. Sit down with the CFC Media Lab for an amazing power hour that gives you an exclusive look at their new initiatives, launch dates and how you can be involved in their programs. You won’t want to miss this discussion as you get the inside scoop on the future of innovation in digital media in Canada.

Details…

Where: VICU 211 (Victoria College)
When: Wed. June 6, 2012  10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
More Info: http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/symposium/symposium-2012/#medialab

The Power of Pennies: Film Funding & Crowd Sourcing

Crowd Sourcing is proving that every penny counts when funding your film! With platforms like Indie GoGo and the newly launched Hot Docs Ignite, crowd sourcing is an innovative way to connect with collaborators and collect cash for your next big project. But is finding funding through the internet really that simple? A panel of industry experts and filmmakers weigh the pros and cons, sharing their tales of triumph and woe from this new frontier in film financing.

Moderator:
Leonardo Dell’Anno, Operations Manager and Special Projects, CFC Media Lab

Panelists:
Adam Chapnick, Principle Business Development, Indie GoGo
Jonas Diamond, CEO, Smiley Guy Studios
Elizabeth Radshaw, Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs, Doc Ignite

Details…

Where: VICU 215 (Victoria College)
When: Wed. June 6th, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
More Info: http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/symposium/symposium-2012/#medialab

#18DaysInEgypt — A Crowd Sourced Documentary


18DaysInEgypt is a revolutionary platform that captures moments in time and weaves them into a fabric of stories.

I often have to remind myself how mind blowing it is to have Gigabites of information available to me at the click of a button, or the touch of a screen. I can look up the weather in Papa New Guinea. I can navigate the town that my Mom grew up in. I can order a custom made umbrella from a factory in China. But how do we make sense of this information and build meaning upon it? Your favorite 140 characters are only compelling because of a deeper, human context.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jigar Mehta, a UC Berkeley J-School grad and one of the master minds behind #18DaysInEgypt.  Over a year ago, Mehta and his team immersed themselves in the events that took place during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. They decided they were going to make a documentary film. Of course, they had no idea they were actually embarking on building one of the world’s first crowd sourced documentary platforms.

On the February 10, 2011, the 17th day of the revolution, there were rumors suggesting that Mubarak would step down. Tahir Square was filled with hope, optimism, and hundreds of thousands of mobile phones.  Armed with their hand held devices, the Egyptian people were eager to witness and capture this historical moment.

Although Mubarak didn’t resign that day, Jigar Mehta saw the potential to tell a story like its never been told before.

Originally, we were gonna make a more traditional, linear documentary film,” says Jigar, “but we started to ask questions like, how would we let people know we wanted to make a film? How are we gonna cut the trailer? And more importantly, how do we get people to contribute?”

These questions inspired creativity in the team. They would have to discover a way to tell a collective story by coalescing multiple perspectives into compelling narratives.

The technology was certainly in their favor. Jigar explains,

The mobile phone is a way to capture the most personalized experiences.  It’s dynamic and changes based on where you are. Documentary film makers should look at this trend as an opportunity”

18daysinegypt.com launched only a few weeks ago. Unlike the arab spring, this project has been premeditated and offers a reflective lens on the ground breaking events that happens in Egypt. It’s an online platform that allows users to build narratives from the tweets, photos and videos that were tagged #18daysinegypt. Although most of the ‘streams’ were captured during the 18 days, more and more content is coming from rebuilding projects of today.  This innovative platform is not just a tool for telling stories that happened in January 2011.  It’s a tool for telling stories of hopes and dreams for the future of Egypt.

*Images borrowed from Politico.comCodenametech

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Tina Santiago is a researcher, interactive producer and UX Designer.  In the last 9 years, she’s worked in Toronto, Geneva, and London in interactive media, design and sustainable business.  She hold a BSc in Cognitive Psychology from McMaster University and an MBA from the University of Geneva.  She is currently living and working in San Francisco, California.  www.tinasantiago.com


#18DaysInEgypt — A Crowd Sourced Documentary

18DaysInEgypt is a revolutionary platform that captures moments in time and weaves them into a fabric of stories. I often have to remind myself how mind blowing it is to have Gigabites of information available to me at the click of a button, or the touch of a screen. I can look up the weather […]

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