Documentary Today: Transmedia and Collaboration

Documentary projects today tend to tell a single story using a few different channels at the same time. First of all, one work can be produced with the use of different media: photography, film, text, design, sound and, more and more often, new technologies, like VR. Secondly, a project ends up being presented on multiple platforms such as photobooks, exhibitions, apps, web, etc. Finally, the transmedia approach unavoidably means that there will be a number of participants involved in the production process, sometimes it’s a collaboration between up to approximately 10-20 experts from different fields.


Webster Leiden Campus / Webster University USA and Transformations welcome everyone to attend the program of informal meetings with the experts from the documentary field. We will try to find out what drives the necessity to collaborate and to develop such complex multi media and multi platform narratives. How can all media and all platforms involved in a single project be synchronised with one another and still transmit unique content? What kinds of subjects get spotlighted by such projects? What time management, planning and financial aspects do these projects have? What are the goals and advantages of the transmedia approach, and what are the challenges?


The meetings will take place on Tuesdays, from 14:00––18:00. The first hour and twenty minutes will be dedicated to looking at projects (films, books, etc.) of expected guest/s and developing questions. The conversations will be kicked off and moderated by the coordinator of the Media Communications department at Webster Leiden Campus Daria Tuminas. However, the audience is more than welcome to join the discussion, actively posing questions, arguing, and making comments.




January, 16/ An independent curator and educator of photography and art related projects and coordinator of Transformations Rebecca Simons.


January, 23/ Co-founder of the journalism production company Prospektor Eefje Blankevoort and documentary photographer and film maker Anoek Steketee.


January, 30/ Director of Paradox, not for profit organisation developing projects around contemporary issues with documentary authors, Bas Vroege.


February, 6/ Director of the international documentary agency and foundation NOOR Clément Saccomani.


February, 13/ Graphic designer Hans Gremmen & photographer Ad van Denderen. This meeting will take place at Huis Marsaille, within Ad van Denderen’s exhibition Jerusalem Stone, Keizersgracht 401, Amsterdam.



Entry to all events: free.

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This program is organised by Webster Leiden Campus / Webster University USA in collaboration with Transformations that will publish articles based on the meetings' discussions via

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Webster University Leiden, Room 7
Boommarkt 1, 2311 EA Leiden, Netherlands

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Student Events, Global Campuses, Leiden


Departments, School of Communications





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