It's something else to look back on this piece of multimedia work from 2001. One of the first attempted integrated multimedia video journalism pieces.
I need to tell you a few things.
- Few people outside of the design community knew what Flash was. We were on Flash 4 going into Flash 5.
- Flash did not support video, only bitmaps which you had to animate to look like video.That meant you had no video controls. You had to write code.
- We were on 56k modems, so we had to encode these to unfathomable small sizes to today's standards [using load movie scene variables] because broadband resided only with big companies who could afford T1 lines.
- IMVJ was the dream, that is matching video expertise with Flash. Credit here to Rosalind Miller the designer and encoder.
- We filmed at a boxing gym set up for urban kids, quite a few from troubled backgrounds, in Islington.
- We collected sound using a sony walkman and video with a Vx1000.
- I got hit in the ring operating a minature steady cam. Yep suffer for your art.
- The piece had no navigational direction, it employed play and spatial theory. If you've never read Lev Manovich - The Language of New Media, go order it now. It's where I got my epiphany from
- Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis' team on seeing this hired me to work with them. I had the time of my life witnessing the fight of the century Tyson vs Lewis
- You can read about it here in Blue Print - an article that I think has some currency now as it did back then.
- I was introduced to BBC Commissioning Editors to consider some more "circular docs", though it never came off
- It lead to me meeting Hillman Curtis - The Flash Guru -awesome!
- Read up further on video hyperlinking - something I believe will be the next disruptive method/technology. The Economist rang up for an interview aferwards. Gobsmacked!
- If you look at the credits ask yourself now if you could perform all the known disciplines, because that's where we are with IMVJ now.
- This week I'll pull out another Flashback from 1996 - an ad broadcast on CNN International, made in 24 hours and whose renumeration you could only describe as "silly!"