In previous lectures we have looked at interactivity in media and for the final task of this module we were told to create our own interactive video. Some of the different examples of interactive stories we were shown and ones I found myself are listed below:

  • – The Wilderness Downtown – a music video by the band Arcade Fire that uses your hometown postcode and Google Street View to make the video interactive and personal for every viewer.
  • – Address is Approximate – Another use of Google Street View, this time combined with stop motion to create a narrative.
  • – Out My Window – The National Film Board Canada has an interactive section which includes Out My Window that uses 360 degree video and images through people’s windows around the world.
  • – The Glowing Divide – An interactive documentary we were shown in a lecture that focuses on three different teenagers.
  • – Virtual Choir – Eric Whitacre has conducted many different songs using choir members from all over the world, often recording on their webcams.
  • – Life in a Day – The description on the video states “thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube to take part in [this] historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth”.
  • – The Johnny Cash Project – A “global collective art project” where people from across the world illustrate individual frames of a Johnny Cash music video to create a finished video using thousands of individually and uniquely designed frames.
  • – A collection of 10 different interactive stories that don’t use HTML or hosting websites designed specifically for interactive stories but just use the video sharing platform YouTube.

We were introduced to the website Storygami during skills workshops where we were able to play around with the site and see what things it could achieve. The site is an easily accessible introduction to interactive video and while it is simplistic, it’s a gateway to more media taking advantage of interactivity.

We were given the option to make our interactive video about either alternative facts, fairytales, everyday superhero or resistance. To practice using Storygami I first inputed my 72-hour challenge podcast about trust in the media under the title alternative facts (however I couldn’t use this for the final piece as it was 20 minutes long). This helped me to try out the various features Storygami has to offer before working on the final project. When I went to edit what was going to be my actual video (an excerpt from a TV show about tourism in Wales focusing on welsh folk tales) I found that part way through making it, it was removed from YouTube for copyright reasons. I could still be angry  about this (and believe me, at the time I was) but now I find it quite an accurate representation of YouTube today and it’s often overbearing copyright rules. Anywho, I had to come up with another idea quick and so I decided to stick with the theme of welsh fairy tales and decided to use the recent Visit Wales advert, featuring Luke Evans, as the dialogue within it is a poem that features references to many welsh legends. To make the advert interactive I included ‘behind-the-scenes’ information including a map of where it was filmed, information about the location, a bio on the star and credits. I also featured some excerpts from the Visit Wales website as well as embedded the welsh language version of the trailer, promoting Wales as a bilingual nation. As the topic I was focusing on was fairytales, the biggest portion of the video was dedicated to a link about the myths referenced in the dialogue. I also included an extensive audiobook from YouTube about the myths. I decided to also include a reading of my favourite welsh fairytale if people wanted something a little more bitesize.

I think my use of video isn’t the most inventive but it is interesting to consider the future of video media and advertisements in a more interactive format.