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Interactive Storytelling on tablets with the National Film Board of Canada

  • Jan 28, 2014 · 5:30 PM
  • VFS

Networking: 5:30pm to 6pm (VFS)
Event start: 6pm sharp (note that doors will lock after 6pm) to 7:30pm (VFS)

The talk

Join 3 members of The National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning Digital Studio as they walk you through the collaborative challenges of creating boundary-pushing interactive stories on tablets. 

Take an in-depth look at the process that created 2 recent NFB digital projects: 

•  The Loxleys and the War of 1812 (interactive animation designed for tablet), 

•  The Last Hunt (interactive photo essay / story designed for tablet, phone, & web). 

Discuss the models and goals that informed the UX, pose questions, experience the work, and discuss tips and tricks for balancing story and form in new media projects.

The NFB Digital Studio is a new and multipleaward-winning branch of the National Film Board.  Leaders in the fields of interactive online documentary and interactive animation, they produce innovative projects. The studio’s boundary pushing and genre-bending work is gaining recognition worldwide, and is regularly featured at festivals like SXSW, Sundance, MIP and others.  In a few short years, the NFB Digital Studio has won several Webby Awards, a Gemini, several Digital Emmys, and many other accolades for their involvement in groundbreaking projects like Bear 71 (FWA Site of the Year), The Last Hunt, Soldier Brother, Waterlife, The TestTube with David Suzuki, Pine Point, Highrise / Out my Window, and many more. All their projects can be viewed at


Dana Dansereau an interactive producer/creative technologist for the NFB Digital Studio. He comes from a background in advertising and art.

Vincent McCurley is a creative technologist, designer/developer for the NFB Digital Studio and has taught interactive media courses at UBC, BCIT, and FDU.

Jen Moss is a writer/interactive producer for the NFB Digital Studio. Previously, she worked in radio production for CBC.

We are going to be charging everyone $5 to attend the event. (we will run it at zero profit). 

A big thank you to our location sponsor!
A huge thank you to VFS for hosting us. They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support!


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  • Juliana L.

    Thank you vanUE, Selma & NFB. It was a fun & entertaining presentation: Here is my Qwiki video. ENJOY!­

    February 14, 2014

    • Selma Z.

      Thanks Juliana for sharing this!

      February 17, 2014

  • Billy S.

    The discussion on overcoming the technical challenges is informative. Technical constraints is an area of design that some may overlook. I am really glad that The Last Hunt is used as an example for this talk. It definitely takes advantages of the tablet and transform those images into an exceptional story. I come across this article this morning >

    I can totally see this as being the next step of interactive storytelling experience.

    3 · January 29, 2014

    • Malcolm van D.

      Thanks for sharing that - pretty awesome. On that note, if anyone wants a free intro to Arduino, Britannia Community Centre is repeating their intro workshop on Feb. 20 and 27.

      1 · January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see RSVPs are closed. I'd like to attend. Hope I can just show up at the door and get in. :)

    January 28, 2014

    • Wendy B.

      Selma, can Bruce use my two tickets?

      January 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was able to attend and was glad I did. Interesting talks and a nicely organized event. Thanks again, Wendy. I owe you one!

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Mark F

    Great talk, especially the technical platform discussions.

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • James R.

    Sending staff along. Looks like a really interesting event. I'm unfortunately booked that night.

    January 13, 2014

    • Selma Z.

      sad to miss you James! But thanks for passing this event along to the team at Engine!

      January 16, 2014

  • Angela

    Totally excited for this one!

    2 · January 13, 2014

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