A web documentary, interactive documentary or multimedia documentary is a documentary production that differs from the more traditional forms—video, audio, photographic—by applying a full complement of multimedia tools. The interactive multimedia capability of the Internet provides documentarians with a unique medium to create non-linear productions that combine photography, text, audio, video, animation and infographics.
How web documentaries differ from film documentaries
The web documentary differs from film documentaries through the integration of a combination of multimedia assets (photos, text, audio, animation, graphic design, etc.) with web technologies. In a web documentary the user has to interact with, or navigate through, the story.
Compared to a linear narrative where the destination of the story is pre-determined by the filmmaker, a web documentary provides a user with the experience of moving through the story via clusters of information. The integration of information architecture, graphic design, imagery, titles and sub-titles all play a role in providing visual clues to the user as to the sequence through which they should move through the web documentary. But from that point, the users have to explore the components of the story that interest them the most.
Big Stories, Small Towns — web documentary about life in small towns made in collaboration with the local communities. To date four towns have been featured - three from Australia and one from Cambodia.
Canto do Brazil — web documentary about Brazil by a documentary photographer
Inside Beijing | 融入北京 Inside Beijing is a multimedia project covering the political and cultural capital of China. It focuses mainly on two aspects connected to each other: the urban development of the metropolis and the evolution of the Chinese culture.
Thanatorama — A journey into the arcane world of the funeral. Between the intimate and the universal, the sacred and the mundane, the religious rite and market rules, Thanatorama played on records and surveys the frontiers. At the heart of the viewer confronted with his own death. To him draw his journey, according to its beliefs, according to his curiosity.
Prison Valley — Prison Valley is an ARTE web documentary by David Dufresne and Philippe Brault on the prison industry in the recession-hit United States. A journey into what the future might hold.
New York Minute — An ARTE 6-part miniseries riding through the five boroughs and a web-based, collaborative and multilingual encyclopedia about New York's culture.
In Situ — In Situ is an ARTE web documentary about urban artists in Europe, by Antoine Viviani.
WATERLIFE - NFB — The interactive story of the last great supply of fresh drinking water on Earth.
Where is Gary — An interactive investigation about a real con artist. The documentary maker Jean-Baptiste Dumont challenged himself to find this fascinating guy in ten weeks, with the help of the audience.
Multimediadocumentary Is the new way to create and distribute multimedia documentary using the new mobile technologies.The projects is open to the contribution of everyone (photographers or movie maker) who have some interesting story to show.
16 Tons — 16 Tons is an online movie about conscience and free market, by Ümit Kıvanç. The documentary uses several versions of the song Sixteen Tons while throwing an ironic look at the history of humanity. It contains extensive sequences of animation, using photographs, paintings, drawings and etchings. The web site provides the option of watching the entire film or each chapter separately. There is comprehensive additional information and further annotation on the details of the film on the page related to each chapter.