Interactive Docs


Interactive Docs is creating a series of web-based interactive documentaries meant to educate and engage viewers by presenting them with customizable and interactive viewing experiences. When broken up into serial installments, the typical long-form documentary can last twenty hours. These extended histories are captivating, but one ends up scanning through hours of footage when pressed for time. What if it was possible to watch a full-length documentary in just 15 minutes?

The new genre of interactive documentaries seeks to answer this question. In fact, an interactive documentary can have a wide variety of runtimes. In such a film, the sequencing of the footage and interfaces will change, but the breadth of available content will always remain the same. Audience members that initially choose a 15 minute experience will need to perform more actions to reach some of the content that's available on the top level of the half-hour experience, but it will all still be there if they desire to experience it. Enabling users to drill down on the finer points of an immersive history, or social issue, maximizes the potential impact of this emerging medium.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Theo Miller (writer/codirector/coproducer) is a UI Designer with a strong creative writing background. He wrote the original screenplay for CXL, which premiered at the San Francisco Film Society in 2012. He works for multiple early stage startups in the Bay Area's vibrant technology industry. Interactive documentaries combine all of his passions into one consummate art form.

Sean Gillane (codirector/coproducer/editor) is a filmmaker with a wide range of commercial and independent film editing credits. He teaches Visual Effects at Academy of Art University and directed CXL, which premiered at the San Francisco Film Society in 2012. He also co-wrote and shot the SFFS Fiscally Sponsored documentary Corner Store, which is now available on Hulu. He acted as editor on Man From Reno, the bilingual San Francisco-based mystery film that won the Jury Award for Best Picture at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. He has also acted as editor on Advantageous, a sci-fi film directed by SFFS FilmHouse Resident Jennifer Phang. Gillane is on the forefront of innovative filmmaking techniques and is passionate about the new media frontier.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2014
  • Director(s): Theodore Miller, Sean Gillane
  • Producer(s): Theodore Miller, Sean Gillane
  • Writer(s): Theodore Miller
  • Editor(s): Sean Gillane
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