Julia Scott-Stevenson

Julia is a writer and researcher of all things documentary, and even dabbles in making them herself from time to time.

Making interactive media with Popcorn

25 April 2012 | 0:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

Mozilla’s Popcorn is another in an increasing line of tools being released to enable filmmakers to mess around with online media and create their own interactive work. Here’s a report of a hack day Mozilla ran in London recently, to familiarise interested people with the tool and start opening it up to experimentation.


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Festival of (In)appropriation

25 April 2012 | 0:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

Following on nicely from my recent top ten list of innovative archival docs, I’ve discovered that there’s a film festival specifically for films of this type.


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Nick Fraser on why documentaries matter

18 April 2012 | 9:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

The era of tedious agit-prop documentaries is past, marvellous docos are upon us, but beware the pretentious bullshit of auteurism. So says Nick Fraser, head of BBC’s Storyville and the ‘Dalai Lama’ of documentary according to his introduction as the keynote speaker at the Australian International Documentary Conference. AIDC was held in Adelaide last month, and Fraser’s keynote speech is now available to watch online.


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Webby Awards

18 April 2012 | 0:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

The Webby Awards People’s Voice categories are now open for voting by the public, so if you’re looking for some serious online rabbit holes down which to while away an afternoon, sign up to vote and start checking out some of the sites nominated. Think of it as a curated journey through the best of the web. There is a ridiculous number of award categories across websites, interactive advertising, mobile and apps, and of course most interesting: online film and video.


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Sydney Film Fest offers a sneak peek

10 April 2012 | 9:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

The Sydney Film Festival has released a sneak peek of 25 films that it will be screening in June, including ten documentaries. So far it looks like there’s a rich selection covering a range of styles, from some famous faces of documentary to more obscure picks. Here’s a totally subjective selection of a few that stand out.


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PressPausePlay screening in Sydney

09 April 2012 | 9:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

The documentary PressPausePlay is first cab off the rank for the new Cake Film Series, a monthly cultural film screening night in Sydney. The documentary looks at the digital media explosion and examines what increasingly democratised cultural production means for content. The film series is a collaboration between Cake Wines, FBi Radio and Metro Screen, and PressPausePlay will screen on Thursday 19th April at FBi in Alexandria. Tickets here.


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Reflections on SXSW

04 April 2012 | 8:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

Chewing over the interactive sessions from the South by Southwest festival with a bit of distance, I’m finding some themes beginning to emerge - and the main one is that old principles are new again. For a conference essentially about technology (described to me by one person as ‘mardi gras for nerds’), it was good to see story getting a run in there as well.


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Life In Movement on general release

02 April 2012 | 8:00 - By Julia Scott-Stevenson

Life in Movement, the award winning Australian documentary about dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke, will be getting a general release next month. The film won the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize at last year’s Sydney Film Festival and has screened around the world to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Life in Movement opens on April 12, see here for participating cinemas around Australia.


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About this Blog

Julia Scott-Stevenson Julia is a writer and researcher of all things documentary, and even dabbles in making them herself from time to time. She lived in the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Samoa for a few years, where she made a documentary about the inaugural Miss Tokelau beauty pageant and a short documentary about climate change in Samoa, which screened at the inaugural Pacific Climate Change Film Festival. While in the Pacific she was subjected to limited internet connectivity, and was staggered to discover the possibilities in online documentary on her return at the end of 2008. She has since been making up for lost time by undertaking a PhD researching cross-platform documentary, and also working on a database documentary about volunteers. Julia is also on the programming team for Antenna International Documentary Film Festival.

 
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