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POV Hackathon: Five Documentary Prototypes From a Weekend of Hacking


View the prototypes from POV Hackathon: Participate in an online debate with film characters, browse a documentary cookbook, find new meaning in numbers from news headlines, be moved by audio storytelling powered by live news and events, and explore the multimedia branches of a film from 1984.

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Op-Video (retitled: Data Docs)

A screenshot from the "Data Docs" ("Op-Video") prototype developed at POV Hackathon.

Click on the image to interact with a demo of the Data Docs prototype developed at POV Hackathon.
(This prototype is best viewed in Chrome.)

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Team: Joe Posner, Lam Thuy Vo, Susan E. McGregor. Bios »

About the Project: An Op-Video is a short-form, freely embeddable, mixed-media essay that features experts, writers and doers, as well as hand-drawn animation and original music, about current public affairs. As ever-quickening news cycles create an echo chamber centered on a never-ending “horse-race,” Op-Videos invite the viewer into a more thoughtful and inventive space to learn about the important public issues of our time. Read a Q&A with the Op-Video Hackathon team »

Technology: HTML5 for audio and video, Cuepoint.js, Hype, Google Visualization, JavaScript, CSS; Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Cinema 4D, Aptana Studio, iTunes and a computer screen repurposed as a dry erase board.

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Adnaan Wasey
Adnaan Wasey is the Executive Producer of POV Digital, which leads new storytelling iniatives for the PBS documentary series POV. Follow him on Twitter @adnaanwasey, Google+ or LinkedIn. Five documentaries he's into (today): 1. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 2. Hoop Dreams 3. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 4. Sweetgrass 5. Last Train Home