Welcome to Pine Point: digital documentary

Every once in a while I come across a new piece of work (well, new to me!) that wakes me up and excites me about the vast potential of new hybrid forms of storytelling.   This morning an email landed in my inbox with an introduction to 'Welcome to Pine Point' , an interactive documentary by a Vancouver, Canada, based media production company, The Goggles. 

The project's creators, Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons, describe the work as 'part book, part film, part website.  The (true) story is about a town that existed for 30 years, then was wiped off the map.'

It's a wonderful work, a true transliterate hybrid, combining photos, videos, text, and animation to tell a moving and poignant story.   Great music too.  It takes 15-20 minutes to view, longer if you linger. 

http://www.pinepoint.nfb.ca

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Pine Point: digital documentary

  1. Yes – this Pine Point account is beautiful. I lived in a nearby community at the time that Pine Point was dismantled. It is the perfect hybrid. I swear I could smell even! I was entranced.

  2. Wow, I’m sorry it took me so long to get to this article. I really loved the Pine Point presentation. What an example of great new media storytelling. It draws out something which at first seemed to me a topic that would not particularly interest me, but I felt compelled to stay with it to the very end!

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