The Journey of Documentary is an impressive website and resource set up as a hub for all things relating to the interactive documentary.
There’s a nifty timeline, outlining key developments in documentary, to which viewers can contribute. There are also some useful information pages that contain lists of funding bodies, festivals, distributors and broadcasters, for example.
Filmmaker Atalanti Dionysus has developed the site, based around her Masters thesis on interactive documentary. Dionysus has also created a web series in which she interviews a range of doc makers on different elements of their craft. Even Alby Mangels gets a look in!
There are some fairly simplistic ‘steps to creating a documentary’ included, which are definitely aimed at the complete novice, but it’s not a bad starting point for those with an idea but no experience.
The site has already won a couple of awards at the Horizon Interactive Awards; it will be interesting to see how it continues to grow with support and input from more filmmakers. For now, it’s a useful port of call for the amateur filmmaker setting out on the ‘journey of documentary’.
Image from 'Journey of Documentary' web series, interview with Deb Verhoeven.