Saturday, May 13, 2006

very interesting iterative media process

Today, I've been participating (iterating? collaborating?) in the iterative media breakout group of the Beyond Broadcast Open Media Developers Summit II unconference.

During our time, I got to know a whole lot better Kent Bye's Echo Chamber Project.

I'm not too familiar with the whole movie-making process, but I've got an idea of how the thing works. Thanks to folks scribbling on the chalkboard, I was able to put together a flow chart of where they see the iterative process beginning:

The Post-Production process is further broken down into three stages:
(1) shotlogging,
(2) sequencing, and
(3) trimming.

Talking with Kent, he's really focused on how to incorporate feedback loops during the sequencing stage of post-production.

How? here's the process in bite-sized chunks (see also his Map for more visual detail of how it all goes together). The bolded bits are where he's incorporating feedback from the larger participative crowd in the process, although they participate in every step:
listen to raw data soundbites
tag and rate soundbites
thematic groups around soundbites emerge from ratings/tagcloud
create playlists of sequenced soundbites
listen to sequences
tag and rate soundbite sequences
combine nested sequences
listen to nested sequences
tag and rate nested sequences
move to trimming stage

So, the user is able to review/tag/rate at several levels of the process to affect the post-production sequencing outcome:

1. soundbite
2. sequence
3. nested sequence

While this example is sound-focused there are cross-platform implications for incorporating the approach into text/video/audio applications. There are also implications for several roles to emerge in those participating: librarian, generalist, interest area specialist.

Kent's approach is really, really exciting as a way to put together his documentary film (see his 5-minute pitch here).

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