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If you have been reading my blog for a wile you probably know that lately I have been concentrating on the notion of “open source documentary”. I knew that film makers such as Brett Gaylor had been promoting RIP: a remix manifesto as an “open source documentary”, but when I read that BBC2 was starting the production of Digital Revolution (a 4 hrs documentary about the Web) – and that they too called it an “open source documentary” I started smelling a rat… what is going on? What is this hype about open sourcing video?

The several posts of this blog, and following discussions with  BBC and Brett Gaylor, lead me to write an article.

My question is: what does it really mean to open source a documentary? How can the ideology of free software and open collaboration in code influence a new style of documentary making?

I would like to open the  discussion on this. Please feel free read the article, comment and feed-back. I am not an expert on free software so I might have missed some points… but also I am wondering where to place this article. Is it useful for film makers? Is it mainly academic stuff?

Please do let me know…

here is the PDF: open-source-documentary_sg_60110

How open can an open source documentary be? by Sandra Gaudenzi is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Also contact me first if you want to publish an altered text or if your publication is commercial.
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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2010


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