On October 24, HI’s Deputy Director Debika Shome, Manager of Research, Strategy, and Development Joanna Raczkiewicz, and Senior Creative Technologist Clint Beharry traveled to Oakland, California to participate in Dissection: Impact, hosted by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The worked with experts from a variety of fields to discuss and workshop some of the latest tools and methodologies in media impact measurement.
On October 15th Clint Beharry, Senior Creative Technologist, traveled to London to speak at Power to the Pixel’s seventh annual cross-media forum. Beharry focused on the significance of linguistic frameworks in narrative, emphasizing their effect on audience understanding. He then touched upon HI’s recent work developing ImpactSpace, an app that catalogues big data to analyze the social impact of documentary films.
On October 8th, Deputy Director Debika Shome spoke at New America NYC’s screening of the documentary, “Village at the end of the World.” The film documents the changing social and geographical environment of Niaqornat, a town in Northwestern Greenland slowly sinking beneath rising sea levels. The screening preceded a panel discussion that evaluated different narrative strategies in disseminating knowledge of climate change to the public.
On September 28th, Debika Shome Spoke at the New York Film Festival’s “Convergence on Documentary” on a panel called “Transmedia Storytelling & Documentary Film.” Now in its second year, the Convergence focuses on the intersection of technology and storytelling. Shome discussed HI’s work on measuring the social impact of documentaries, citing HI’s study on the influence of “Waiting for Superman,” a feature-length documentary on the state of public education in America.
HI has released a new research paper examining the connection between neural engagement and social engagement in the context of broadcast television. This paper discusses the methodology and results of a cross-discipline study that combined EEG scans with aggregated twitter activity to explore viewer responses to the hit show, The Walking Dead. Topics include viewer sentiment, emotional responses, measurement techniques, and data visualization software. “Zombies, brains, and tweets” is free and available for download. Read more here.
On September 22, Filmmaker Magazine published a digital column featuring Deputy Director Debika Shome’s IFP Media Week Presentation. The author, Katie Carman-Lehach, describes HI’s vision for data-driven story-telling and the excitement surrounding the sneak peak of ImpactSpace. The article, “How do you measure your film’s impact? Debika Shome of The Harmony Insitute Explains,” is available here.
On September 19, Deputy Director Debika Shome presented at the 2013 IFP Film Week. She discussed the need for greater access to film data, as well as the role that data can play in filmmaking. In her talk, Shome referenced HI’s Impact Playbook and our forthcoming web application, ImpactSpace, as examples of tools that will help filmmakers gather and utilize impact metrics.
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On July 18, HI was featured in Culture Hacker, a column in the summer 2013 edition of Filmmaker magazine. Culture Hacker is written by Lance Weiler and focuses on integrating storytelling practices with technological advancement. The article, Turning the Tables, discusses the immersive narrative experience, My Sky is Falling, drawing on HI’s research and linking to the case study, A New Story.