I worked with Al Jazeera on Life on Hold, an interactive project about Syrian Refugees, and helped Simon Fraser University develop an ambitious interactive installation series as part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations. Can't wait to see what the next interactive challenge on my horizon will be.
From 2011-2014 it was my privilege to carry out a long-term contract as a writer and interactive producer for The National Film Board of Canada’s multi-award-winning Digital Studio. Surrounded by a talented team of designers, programmers, and creative technologists, I became fully immersed in this emerging hybrid art form, which employs a blend of cinematic, radio, and gaming storytelling techniques.
While there, I worked on a variety of interactive projects for web, tablet, phone, and live setting that garnered international attention for their novel approaches to storytelling, using technology, data, social media, non-linear narrative to get their messages across.
We won lots of awards. It was pretty cool.
Life On Hold: Al Jazeera
An interactive project about the lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. 2015
Detail from Life on Hold
A scene from the life of Furati - Syrian refugee poet. @AJLifeONHold #iRefugee
#iRefugee social media campaign accompanying @AJLifeOnHold
National Film Board Digital Studio, Vancouver. Loc Dao, Vince McCurley, Jeremy Mendes, Laura Mitchell, Dana Dansereau, Jen Roworth, Stacey Sellars, Alisha Smith, Janine Steele, Jen Moss
The Last Hunt
Equal parts tenderness, brutality, love, and death, The Last Hunt dives deep into the motivations that led Montreal photographer Alexi Hobbs to photograph his grandfather’s last hunting expedition, exposing both the strength of family bonds, and the implicit spirituality within the endlessly pragmatic act of hunting. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
*Webby Award Winner
7 Digital Deadly Sins
A collaboration between the NFB Digital Studio & The Guardian (UK). An interesting participatory web-based interactive project that measures our collective moral evolution in the online sphere.
Multi-award-winning, multi-faceted interactive project. Includes a website, social media narrative, and live event. The story looks at the issues of surveillance, and the disappearance of the wild. Set in Banff National Park.
An immersive art app for tablet that recreates two long-vanished Vancouver landmarks: Hogan’s Alley, and the old Hotel Vancouver. Created by internationally renowned artist Stan Douglas and the National Film Board of Canada Digital Studio. Also exists as an interactive website, and Circa Live, an interactive installation experience. * Launched at TriBeCa 2013.
This project features five interactive pieces produced by the NFB Digital Studio, based on personal stories of local change by prominent Canadian writers. A sixth interactive story comes from a member of the public, the winner of a nation wide CBC Books – Canada Writes local storytelling challenge. * Partnership with NFB and CBC Canada Writes.
Part of 'DeNort,' The ITWE Collective's touchscreen interactive installation at the ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival 2012. Co-created by NFB Digital Studio.
An interactive art installation created by multi-disciplinary Newfoundland artist Jordan Bennett. Of Mi’kmaq heritage, Bennett’s work explores the importance of traditional activities such as ice fishing. *Created in tandem with the NFB Digital Studio and imagineNATIVE Festival of Film and Media Arts. Chosen to represent Newfoundland at the 2014 Venice Biennale.
Métis artist Tyler Hagan’s interactive exploration of place, faith, and identity. A highly personal undertaking for Hagan, who since discovering his own Metis status, has struggled to reconcile his Christian upbringing with the church’s role in subverting indigenous culture. * Launched at ImagineNATIVE Festival of Film and Media Arts, 2013. Featured at Berlinale 2013, Canadian Embassy, Marshall McLuhan Salon.
Loc Dao of the NFB Digital Studio sporting some new eye-wear.