Popathon Creative Hack Jam
Popcorn makes video work like the web. Before the advent of HTML5, video was a kind of 'black box', isolated from the rest of the web page. Now, Mozilla's Popcorn.js make it easy to create dynamic and interactive time-based experiences in web standard technology.
This is a really exciting moment for filmmakers and web developers to collaborate by sharing their technologies and that's exactly what we'll do at the Popathon!
Take a look at some awesome demos that have already been produced using Popcorn.
Learn by sharing and making!
Teams compete against the clock, not against each other. This day will be a great opportunity to learn about new tools by creative collaboration. Test early and often and be ready for the evening screening, where your web native narrative may be selected for the Participants' Choice Award.
Bring whatever you'll need to hack with. Charged laptops with production software, external drives with footage or have everything online. Also bring headphones, as you'll be working in a shared space. We encourage bringing ideas and content for your own projects!
About the Organisers
Philo van Kemenade is a creative technologist who enjoys connecting story and technology. Applying his Artificial Intelligence research to online video storytelling, got him in touch with Popcorn.js and he hasn't been more excited about a piece of technology before.
Gilles Pradeau is a documentary filmmaker working between Portugal, France and the UK for the production of his film 'Learning how to count' on Participatory Budgeting. Besides the project consisting of crowd-sourced contributions of high school students across three different countries, the film will be a completely popcorn-powered web-native narrative.
Q: Is this a one-off event?
A: No, we aim to foster the community of interactive storytellers who use the web as their medium. This Hack Jam is the first in a longer running series of similar events, both in London and elsewhere in Europe.
Q: Why do I have to pay for my ticket?
A: This first event isn't yet sponsored, which is why we have decided to ask a small ticket fee. Money from the ticket sales will be used for lunch, materials and the organisation of future events. We hope to have the next event sponsored, so we can offer tickets for free.
Q: Can I bring my own project?
A: Absolutely! We encourage everyone to bring their own ideas and footage for projects. This will actually help to come up with awesome prototypes.
A: We believe that there is a unique opportunity now for visual storytelling to move to the web and that collaboration between filmmakers and web developers is key here. This Hack Jam aims to bring together complementing skills to take projects to the next level, letting participants focus on their own expertise. Having said that, it never hurts to introduce yourself to the workings of the medium you use.
Q: (web developers / JS hackers) Will this Hack Jam be limited to using Popcorn.js?
A: We introduce Popcorn.js because it makes working with the time-based capabilities of HTML5 video easy and accessible. We aim to use open-source technology as much as possible, but encourage everyone to use their favorite tools and technologies.
- Interview with Brett Gaylor, Senior Director of Mozilla’s Webmaker initiative (including PopcornMaker and Popcorn.js) on the collaboration of software and storytelling
Kindly supported by the Mozilla Foundation