Docmedia is a research project looking at the field of non-fiction digital audiovisual media. It has been called into being by practitioners and researchers hungry for answers on how interactive, immersive and social media technology changes documentary. As a small research node within the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Docmedia collaborates with other interdisciplinary research units throughout the world to find answers on how narratives, workflows and the public are being impacted by the advent of web, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and social media platforms.
This website documents most of our research work and activities, such as our Docmedia workshop on 21-22 June 2018.
Creative, social and political documentary is where we're coming from. Playing with technology, is what we do. Looking over our shoulder, is a tick we've got. Not because we're afraid that past crimes could catch up with us, no.
Simply put: looking back at what we did and what others do, think, and research - makes us better at understanding new forms of documentary and what they mean for society.
Oh and one more thing: we're not bowling alone. We're serious about doing, researching, teaching and publishing in an open and networked fashion.
Linda BriedaScriptwriter & PhD candidate
Linda Brieda received her BA in film production and psychology at Brooklyn College, NY. As an award-winning writer and director, she has traveled throughout Asia for work on documentaries. In 2016, she received her MA in Screenwriting at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D., exploring new ways of storytelling within the VR realm. She is also developing the Series “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” in a Writer’s Room with Annette Hess for Constantin Film.
Frédéric DuboisFreelance producer & PhD candidate
Frédéric Dubois is a PhD candidate at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. His artistic research PhD explores the social impact of interactive documentary by developing impact metrics around the open source documentary Field Trip. He holds an MA in communication studies from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, Montreal. He is the Managing editor of Internet Policy Review – an academic journal on internet regulation published by HIIG.
Frédéric works as a web-based documentary author and producer. He has conceived, directed, produced and distributed award-winning interactive features with the National Film Board of Canada, Arte and SZ.de, among other. He is the organiser of storytelling hackathons, web-documentary meet-ups, as well as the annual VR Conference for Journalism and Documentary, in Berlin.
Jens Eder is a professor of dramaturgy and aesthetics at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. He teaches media studies with a focus on storytelling and its effects on viewers and society. His current research examines video activism on the social web. He has written books about narrative structure, characters, emotions, and the political uses of visual media. From 2002 to 2016, he taught media studies in Hamburg, Mainz, and Mannheim. From 1996 to 2002, he worked also as a story analyst for television.
Björn Stockleben is a professor for the production of new media in film and television production at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. He teaches interdisciplinary production processes with special focus on the integration of design and software development, content-related services and development of formats for novel media technologies and platforms. From 2004-2016 he worked for the innovation projects of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg as project engineer and user experience designer in various EU research projects.