Field Trip is a non-linear web documentary project about the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin. It will be the first web documentary that entirely relies on both open source technology and wherever possible open licensing for the produced contents.
What is a “Web Documentary”?
A web documentary is built with web technologies and accessed through a web browser.
In the case of Field Trip, the web is not just used as a distribution channel or platform, it rather provides the very basis for the non-linear storytelling concept. Like the web works with hypertext links, Field Trip works with hypervideo links, which allow the user to interactively “browse” through a web of interweaved filmic storylines.
What is an “Open Source Documentary”?
What technology will you be using?
We will create Field Trip using the “FrameTrail” Open Hypervideo Environment. This allows us to edit and interlink all project components directly in the browser. FrameTrail is open source software, dual-licensed under MIT and GPL v3 licenses, and is built exclusively with open web technologies and standards. In order to manage cuts, transitions and effects, we will integrate the VideoContext library into FrameTrail. VideoContext is developed by BBC Research and Development as part of the efforts towards “Object-based Media”.
How does the “Code Snippet Repository” work?
The code snippet repository will make the technological components of the project available in the form of re-usable bits of code. This could be a small animation, a complex effect, or even just a button. The idea is to maintain an accessible list of stand-alone components, which can be re-used in other projects (detached from the actual contents). To make this as easy as possible, the repository will provide both a searchable website, as well as an open API to retrieve and contribute snippets. Through the same API, the code snippet repository will be integrated into FrameTrail, allowing users to simply drag and drop existing components into a video, as well as share their new creations with everyone else.
How will the contents be licensed?
While all code will be released under open source licenses - with no exceptions - the content itself (eg. video footage, photos, text) will be licensed in two ways:
Per default, we use the “Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License”, meaning you are free to re-use, remix, adapt and share them (even commercially), as long you give appropriate credit to the creators and distribute the work under the same conditions.
In the case of archive footage or otherwise obtained material, we are not always in control of the licenses. Any such restrictions will be clearly communicated in a list of all materials and licenses.