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Keys to Great Storytelling

“…it’s a framework in which to create. I’m a big designer. When I write a screenplay, I’ve diagrammed the architecture of the story. There’s really got to be a structure; art demands it.” More at… Boyhood director Richard Linklater shares his keys to great storytelling

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Bitter Lake

Adam Curtis’ stylish and thrilling documentaries, The Power Of Nightmares and All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace were early influences on the Pararchive project. His experimental works illustrated how the BBC’s archival footage could be remixed into radically new narratives, often challenging the original readings. His works do have a tendency to reframe history as a series of conspiratorial…

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Directors’ Cuts: A Stock Footage Tribute

“In the video below, we pay homage to the visual style of five present-day legends using only footage and music found in the Shutterstock library…” We’ve been excited to see what our partners at Bokeh Yeah! might come up with when let loose inside the archives at the BBC and other collections. The video above…

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World Building and Story Universes

We have always had the notion of Pararchive stories inhabiting a tapestry of connected tales – with characters, places, objects, institutions and times as their connective threads. With the notion of serendipity at the core of our design philosophy, our hope was that these threads would allow new narrative patterns, paths and perspectives to emerge both organically and explicitly. Lately I’ve…

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Pararchive Participates in the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science

  Pararchive won a small grant to participate in this year’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science which took place from 1st – 8th November. The aim of the Festival was to showcase some of the “leading” social science research being undertaken across the country and to demonstrate how such work…

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Heritage Platforms

Earlier this week, the University hosted its second Values Of Film Heritage workshop, coinciding with UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. The programme included members of the Pararchive team, both behind the scenes in producing the event (Daniel and Fiona), as well as on the programme with a plenary session from Simon. Following another talk from David Walsh of the…

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TV as Material

Andy, Fiona and Dean have been discussing the recent launch of the TV as Material series of works at the Tate Modern. The six pieces are the result of a residency giving artists access to BBC’s archives. The films are a great illustration of the potential to unlock archival material to create new perspectives and entirely new works; something that we’re…

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August with Bokeh Yeah!

Firstly, Adele took us through her experiences of using Box of Broadcasts to locate footage and recordings… It’s a useful tool for exploring content, filtering through metadata, creating playlists of interesting material and using transcripts to locate segments within video or audio. We wondered how integrating the means to explore archives should be within Pararchive.…

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Pitches from Bokeh Yeah!

Following the Connected Communities festival Fiona and I headed over to Madlab to join Bokeh Yeah for their monthly meetup. This session was to be dedicated to hearing pitches for the group’s documentary challenge for Pararchive, then allowing the group to select four ideas that will go on to be produced. The competing ideas included…

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Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us

The Pararchive team has been reflecting on the merits of linear storytelling versus interactive non-linear storytelling. Though we’re still partway through the process of understanding the needs of our various communities, the question of linear vs interactive is already beginning to shape some of our design decisions. There’s great value in stories which have a…

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