Creating the on-line documentary: a satellite solution

Hetherington, John Francis (2008) Creating the on-line documentary: a satellite solution. The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 3 (2). pp. 45-52. ISSN 1833-1866


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[Abstract]: The online documentary, A Satellite Solution, is a case study investigation into how digital communications (primarily satellite TV) have impacted the quality of life of a rural community comprising 50 households in southeast Queensland (Australia) between 1999 and 2006. The production depicts a community-mediated process by which these residents adopted and then responded to receiving free-to-air TV services for the first time. The author, instigated and facilitated the project in the community and as well, recorded and produced all the material contained in the in the documentary. The paper will highlight the production components of the research set against the context of this participatory activity.This online documentary is a web site containing research materials (policy documents, significant correspondence and reports) video interviews and location sequences, maps and technical information such as, how to install a satellite system, where to find free-to-air satellite services and what satellite broadband incentives are available etc. Importantly it also represents innovation in film and television and particularly, the researcher's selected art form, the documentary. This paper, takes a practice focus and will document the production of the web site and how this new form impacts on the production style of traditional linear production and as well, what filmmakers working in this emerging non-linear form may need to plan for. This project formed the practical component for a recently completed research degree, Doctor of Visual Arts (Griffith), by the author.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Authors retain copyright. Readers must contact Common Ground for permission to reproduce. COMMON GROUND PUBLISHING PO Box 463, Altona, Victoria, 3018, Australia.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009 06:33
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2014 03:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: on-line documentary, narrowcast, non-linear, government regulation, free-to-air television
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160503 Communications and Media Policy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies

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