Fifth Brown Bag of the Semester – October 4, 2013

Ron Osgood, Professor Emeritus of Telecommunications, Indiana University

Will Emigh, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University

Development of an Online Interactive Documentary (Part II)


The Vietnam War/American War: Stories from All Sides” was developed by Ron Osgood during his Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities fellowship and funded through a New Frontiers grant. Currently, more than 100 video interviews have been recorded with American, North and South Vietnamese veterans and civilians who were directly involved or affected by the war. The site allows users to search content and create an editable video playlist. Part two of the presentation will briefly review the content covered in part one and will concentrate on the design, programming and usability of the website prototype.


-Professor Emeritus Ron Osgood retired in 2011 after 25 years in the Department of Telecommunications. Besides continuing work on the project he will talk about today, he recently directed and edited a three-part series on climate change for the National Park Service. He also completed pro bono projects for the IU Committee on Multicultural Understanding and the Bloomington Fire Department in 2013. His previous documentary “My Vietnam Your Iraq” was an official selection at ten film festivals in 2009 & 2010. It was broadcast on PBS in 2011 and is available through PBS Home Video. The second edition of his book “Visual Storytelling: Videography & Postproduction in the Digital Age,” co-written with former graduate student Joe Hinshaw, was published in 2013 by Cengage Publishing. An interactive DVD supplement to the first edition won Best of Competition in the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) competition.

-Will Emigh is a Lecturer in the Department of Telecommunications at IU Bloomingotn. He is the co-founder of Studio Cypher, a positive game design company, where he worked on digital games in the Chicago Field Museum, a Facebook game for the Indianapolis Zoo, and a physical card game to be published in 2013, among other things. He currently serves on the board of the Humanetrix Foundation, which supports technologists and public interest technology tools in the Midwest

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