The Mediasmith Project

Transmedia documentary as research: telling new stories in new ways


The Mediasmith Project is an IATL Fellowship project led by Ruth Leary from the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, designed to explore transmedia documentary as research. The aim is to challenge and inspire new ways of thinking about transmedia storytelling as a rigourous and legitimate form of academic research and assessment.

Building on a growing interest in the academy in creative research methods and new forms of pedagogic innovation, the first phase of The Mediasmith Project offered 10 researchers from a range of disciplines the opportunity to participate in three intensive one day workshops and make their own short film. Each workshop was facilitated by documentary makers, digital story tellers and creative technologists who inspired and instructed participants as they investigated how narrative, data visualisation, analytics, digital and other media can be employed in a ‘guerilla’ approach to filmmaking that demystifies the process and dispenses with the need for specialist equipment. Participants were challenged to fire up their imaginations and explore alternative modes of enquiry and presenting knowledge.

Phase two sees Popathon arriving at the University of Warwick for a web native storytelling hack jam on 27 – 28 February 2015. To find out more and sign up for the event please see the event page.

The Mediasmith Project blog is designed as a learning resource and report on the project as it progresses. Please follow us on Twitter to join the debate and help us build a community of practice of researchers interested in telling new stories in new ways.