Interactive Documentaries – 3 December 2003

Title: Interactive Documentaries
Location: AFTRS
Description: WHAT:

Interactive Documentaries
with US Guest Speaker: Mark Pesce




Wednesday 3 Dec 2003 – 6pm drinks for 7pm start.


Gold Coin Donation
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2003-12-03


DVD, Broadbandand Web technologies have greatly extended the ability of the documentary director/producer to reach an audience with powerful, effective works. Recent ABC-sponsored documentaries have scratched the surface of the possibilities of the interactive documentary.

How do these new technologies affect the production, writing and direction of the documentary?

And what techniques will the documentary maker need to master to create an interactive documentary?


Internationally renowned as a writer, educator and as the man who brought virtual reality into the World Wide Web, Mark Pesce has been exploring the frontiers of the future for over two decades. The author of five books, including “The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination”, Pesce is widely respected as for his views on the interactive era.

From 1998 through 2000, Pesce chaired the Interactive Media Program at the University of Southern California’s world-renowned School of Cinema-Television. His mandate – to bring cinema and broadcast television into the interactive era – led him to create a program that encourages creative vision and is producing a generation of entertainment professionals shaping the media of the 21st century.

At present, Pesce is lending his expertise to the Australian Film Television and Radio School, working to create curriculum and professional development programs designed to teach Australian film and TV communities about the broadening potential and techniques of interactivity entertainment.