An interesting new scheme which partners academics with creative companies to develop new documentary ideas:
‘Future Documentary Sandbox will ask how can we hold on to what is great about documentary – its ability to elicit empathy, impart wisdom and inspire change – whilst exploring the new forms that are enabled by the internet, mobile phones and changing audience behaviours.
A Future Documentary Sandbox project might be interactive or responsive to the environment that people engaging with it are in.
It might harness games mechanics to help people ‘discover’ content.
It might use second screen technologies or create new experiences with pervasive and locative media.
It might combine new ways of navigating content with live data.
It might explore multiple points of view around citizen science, history or journalism.
Projects will be encouraged to explore new models of authorship, ownership or sharing.
Collaborations will be funded by the REACT Hub for a three-month period to develop an innovative prototype and explore its potential market/business model.’
Applications can come from academics at partner universities Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter and University of the West of England as well as those from institutions who make joint projects with partners.
Up for grabs: a commission of £50,000 including a £10,000 R&D grant for the creative company, plus business support.
Application deadline Friday 12 April 2013.
Let us know if you apply – we’d love to hear more!