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Beyond Participatory Production: Digitally Supporting Grassroots Documentary

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  • David Green
  • Simon Bowen
  • Christopher Newell
  • Guy Schofield
  • Tom Bartindale
  • Clara Crivellaro
  • Alia Sheikh
  • Peter Wright
  • Patrick Olivier
Publication date18/04/2015
Host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331456
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We conducted a study to explore the values and qualities of 'grassroots documentaries', framed around the production of two parallel documentary films with a London-based opera company. A team of professional filmmakers produced one film and the other was an exploratory form of grassroots documentary. We studied the different production activities through observations, interviews and a reflective workshop at the end of the study and evaluated the resulting films. Our analysis reveals critical insights that could inform the next generation of technological systems to support user-generated video content (UGVC) production, particularly in collaborative contexts such as grassroots communities.