SBS Documentary's very own Julia Scott-Stevenson makes a bold leap into the world of the webdoc with her new project, Giving Time.
Over the last couple of years of
digging up morsels of interactive documentary news for your consumption,
I’ve also been beavering away making my own webdoc. Called Giving Time, it tells the stories of a wide range of volunteers with Australian Red Cross, and it’s finally live!
It is, I hope, a reasonable example of a webdoc made on a tight budget. Giving Time is essentially a collection of short clips containing volunteering profiles and stories, and is designed to be dipped into and out of however you choose. For example, one clip shows Beryl, who’s 88 years old and has been inundated with elephant figurines by her family. Another is a profile of Mal, who talks about some of the harrowing experiences he’s had at a disaster evacuation centre. Australian Red Cross will be gradually rolling out the webdoc over their social media channels in the coming weeks.
I used Klynt (which I’ve written about here) as the software tool to build the webdoc, and would highly recommend it for anyone without the funds for a web developer. It involves a very user-friendly storyboard interface that sets out visual connections between the different elements of the webdoc.
The project is in HTML5, which allows video to be fully embedded in a website, rather than in a break-out player. It does mean, though, that not all browsers are compatible. For Giving Time, it’s best viewed in Chrome or Safari. Klynt, as well as the plethora of similar emerging template tools for webdocs, are all still quite new, so there are a few bugs here and there. But overall, it’s been a lot of fun playing around with the design and construction.
So visit Giving Time and meet some of the fabulous Red Cross volunteers I’ve been interviewing over the last couple of years. As a huge fan of the webdoc form, it’s both exciting and nerve-wracking to be sending my own out into the world. I hope you enjoy it!
Image: The Klynt storyboard interface for Giving Time.