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Ten Questions for Alexandre Brachet, Margaux Missika and Gregory Trowbridge of Upian | POV Blog | PBS

Established in 1998, Upian is a design studio and interactive production company known for its award winning projects including Alma: A Tale of Violence, Prison Valley, and Generation Quoi? For this interview three of Upian’s producers — Alexandre Brachet, Margaux Missika and Gregory Trowbridge — take us behind the screens as they describe their process and the development of their projects.


What is Hackathon? | ZGecko

Lets look at “Alma” the medium is simple. There is a documentary, and an iBook and it is available on the web. There is the story of Alma, former member of a violent crime gang. The documentary has relatively simple structure. Simple is good in this format. It is based on 2 screens. main screen which is always available presents medium close frame of Alma reliving the brutalities of her past life. She is simply lit with dark background. The alternative second screen shows up above Alma’s head. The framing and lighting of Alma allows the screen to be split in half, pulling in the frame from above to present us with underlying imagery and breaking the monotony of looking at a “talking head’. It is possible to see both at a single screen or shift focus from one to another. Being online, you can replay or fast forward through the story. You are not locked into single medium. But it is impeccably shot and the sound is well designed.

BBC News - Don't like how a documentary ends? Change it

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Adventure game books - where readers could make decisions about what happened to the characters - formed a big part of childhood for many adults. Now it seems this is taking a technological leap forward.


workin' nights | HOME | A Tale Of Violence

For 5 years Alma has been a member of one of Guatemala's most brutal gangs, a country today ravaged by an unnamed war. She tells her confession face to face. Alma’s testimony is unique. The young woman’s words open onto images of her memories, of daily life in Guatemala, and of gang subculture.

Bear Guerra | NEWS

Powerful web documentary about gang violence in Guatemala by Miquel Dewever-Plana & Isabelle Fougère.

Submarine Channel | Free Your Screen

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Powerful Webdoc Upian’s newest webdoc, Alma: A Tale of Violence, is a heartbreaking and chilling story no matter which device you watch it on. Download the Alma app for the full sensory experience.

Alma: An Interactive History of Guatemala’s Violence - LightBox

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Working with a team of designers at the French creative studio Upian, Plana and Fougere, say they intended to create a final product—with a sensitive and innovative approach to a narrative— that would be interactive and accessible. The final product, which took two years to develop, is incredibly in-depth—allowing its audience to explore the story through the innovative web piece, two books and a film, all available in four languages.

Upian strikes back: Alma is out | i-docs

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I have felt as if someone had slapped me, and I wondered if it was necessary. I had doubts about such a hard impact style and about its possible migrations towards voyeurism. But now that I have finished watching I have the feeling it was tough, but at the same time subtle, respectful and loving. Upian has not used me for a sensational story. It has brought the story to me and allowed me to face reality by designing an environment that felt right for such eye opening. This is what I call a mature project: where strength, message, design, interface and media merge together to become immersive, informational and meaningful. I have been slapped, but I would do it again and it was worth it.


Current: Public Media: "Prison Valley" documentary starts on innovative website

A unique nonfiction film that its producers call "a road movie on the web" is getting attention within the indie production world, according to the Independent, a news site for media makers. Viewers interested in "Prison Valley" sign into Twitter, Facebook, or create an account on the film’s site.

"Prison Valley" web doc by David Dufresne and Philippe Brault finds distribution, 07/10 | The Independent

In the end, Prison Valley was able to secure a mainstream form of distribution not in spite of but because of its pioneering usage of the web as an arena for marketing and community-building. Combine that with impeccable journalism and a beautifully-shot film, and you’ve got a multimedia model that offers filmmakers new insights into telling a story in many different mediums at once.

Let Me Shoot You: Prison Valley

So after searching the net for brain food, I came across a web documentary incorperating stills, multimedia, video, audio, etc. in the most comprehensive way I have ever seen.

The best journalism you’ll see today: “Prison Valley” :: 10,000 Words :: where journalism and technology meet

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10,000 Words rarely features individual projects (the tradition has been to show several projects incorporating a specific technology), but Prison Valley is such a unique and fascinating piece of digital journalism that it merits its own post.


Chromium Blog: Introducing Google Chrome Frame

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Today, we're releasing an early version of Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. From a faster Javascript engine, to support for current web technologies like HTML5's offline capabilities and canvas, to modern CSS/Layout handling, Google Chrome Frame enables these features within IE with no additional coding or testing for different browser versions.

Official Google Blog: Introducing the Google Chrome OS

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So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

Private Facebook info accessible with a simple hack

Facebook has long touted their privacy settings as being highly customizable and secure, so you can be more open and comfortable about sharing information with just the people you choose. But how would you feel if that information was accessible to anyone, anywhere, even if your account was COMPLETELY hidden?

The Forrester Blog For Interactive Marketing Professionals

Not only are video results increasingly common in Google's search results, but your videos stand a much better chance than your text pages of being shown on the first results page.

The journey of mine: Gaza-Sderot (the tales of two cities)

The website of the videos..... the feelings and the lives of the people living in Israel....and Palestine

Google Local Lures Small Businesses With Their Own Web Dashboard

Google wants more small businesses to claim their listing profiles on Google Local (which is basically listings that pop up in Google Maps and local search results). To entice them, starting tomorrow it will give local businesses in the real world with physical addresses a free dashboard akin to what Websites get for free with Google Analytics (see screenshot above). » Blog Archive » Gaza Sderot

It’s day two at the Input conference in Warsaw and I wanted to share the best project I’ve seen so far. Gaza/Sderot - Life in Spite of Everything is a series of 80 films shot over 40 days — one per day in Gaza and one per day in the town of nearby Sderot. Each is a day-in-the-life style video that follows one of 14 people (seven in each town).

Bignothing experiment | Design anywhere and digital culture magazine | Netdiver

It’s been a while since a flash experimental website surfaced. Have a look at the Bignothing. Send a message, receive one. Watch the wildly colorful animated bacgrounds.

Gaza-Sderot Life in Spite Everything | No Camels

The article is about a project which reports on life as experienced by men, women and children in Gaza (Palestine) and Sderot (Israel) through stories which are being aired on the Internet. Arik Bernstein the Co- Producer of the project tells us about the idea behind this project and its feedback around the world. Recently Gaza-Sderot was nominated for an International Digital Emmy Award in the non-fiction category.