Interactive Documentaries: Navigation and Design

Journal of Film and Video, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2014 Last revised: 29 Sep 2015

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Patricia Aufderheide

American University - School of Communication

Date Written: August 7, 2014

Abstract

The interactive digital documentary has attracted both enthusiasm and analysis among documentarians, festival programmers and academics, and has been associated with social-action goals of engagement and activism. This article focuses on the claims to interactivity of several interactive documentaries with social-action purposes made between 2008 and 2013, through the lens of navigation. The article considers the implications of simple v. global navigation, the use of metaphor in navigation, and match with interactive objectives. The article concludes that navigation techniques are used that mimic earlier formats, and that user interactivity is currently limited largely to consumer choice, across a range of approaches. The experimental nature of the moment is noted.

Keywords: documentary, interactive, digital, navigation, experimental, narrative, film

Suggested Citation

Aufderheide, Patricia, Interactive Documentaries: Navigation and Design (August 7, 2014). Journal of Film and Video, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477507

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