The Format

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    iDocs: New Voices. New Visions.

    Jun 11, 2014 1:48pm | by Julie Giles

    For people interested in interactive documentary, iDocs is both a resource and a community as well as the first symposium totally dedicated to the interactive documentary genre. In March, director Ramona Pringle and cinematographer Lisa Lightbourn Lay, traveled across the pond to Bristol, UK, for i-docs 2014, where a case study of Avatar Secrets was […]


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    From Storyboard To Animation: A Q&A With Ramona Pringle

    Mar 17, 2014 1:24pm | by Julie Giles

    Julie: Do the storyboards anticipate the depth of the final app? Ramona: Nothing could have anticipated the depth of the final app. This project came to life as we all fell in love with the story, the process and the characters. The storyboards don’t include the incredible motion or the Z-Axis transitions from the real […]


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    Shattering Glass Sequence

    Mar 17, 2014 1:15pm | by Ramona Pringle


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    From Storyboard To Animation: Developing A Hybrid Style

    Mar 17, 2014 1:10pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Once we decided that the line between what was illustrated and what was photorealistic would be blurred, the next step was executing it in a way that was subtle enough to trick the eye. That way when the viewer noticed it, it would give them a sense of awe — the same sensory experience that […]


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    From Storyboard To Finished Product: Rotoscoping Effect

    Mar 17, 2014 1:05pm | by Ramona Pringle

    rotoscoping effect, where the footage is “traced over, ” creating an illustration that matches the frame for a smooth transition between media. Some scenes were drawn to match existing documentary footage while other scenes were shot to match the angles in the storyboards. The latter was used especially for sequences where we integrated transitions through […]


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    Less Is More: Opting For An Easy Interface

    Feb 25, 2014 5:21pm | by admin


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    Transmedia in 2014: Deep Vs Wide

    Feb 13, 2014 10:00am | by admin

    Deep or wide, the transmedia-inspired narrative format is still one of choice and discovery. In an incredibly diverse media landscape, we can now tackle the potential of a transmedia project — branching storylines, mixed media and modes of storytelling — and integrate those rich components into one app, to create an interactive experience that is […]


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    Why iPad? Touch Screens and Diving Deeper with the Z-Axis

    Feb 6, 2014 1:01pm | by admin

    From the outset, Avatar Secrets was always going to be a digital project – in content, and in form. For starters, it’s 2014. How can you really explore a story about our hybrid digital lives in a purely linear format? The theme called for an innovative approach. Secondly, there was so much that needed to […]


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    In Conversation With Illustrator Michael Derrah

    Feb 5, 2014 8:55am | by Julie Giles

    Director Ramona Pringle chatted with Avatar Secrets illustrator Michael Derrah about developing the project’s hand-drawn style and a “2.5D” feeling of depth, created out of flat assets. They talk about how the Fountain Scene —  the first scene that was rendered for the project’s prototype came to life, and how Mike worked with the rest […]