Bogota Colombia

An online interactive documentary produced in partnership with World Vision Australia.


The Bogota Colombia (2008-9) project was set up as a research and development initiative between RMIT University and World Vision Australia (WVA). This applied research project was developed from my doctorate research. I was contracted on a consultancy basis through the university as a supervising producer on the project. The project involved managing a collaboration that included MA postgraduates at RMIT University and the digital media team at WVA.

The aim of the project was to test the web system and framework developed in my doctorate research, in a real-world context. I pitched a proof-of-concept prototype to WVA staff that was created in the Videodefunct System. The scripting, recording and indexing process developed in this earlier prototype was used as a model to inform the production of the Bogota Prototype.

Figure: Screenshot of the published Bogota Colombia (2009-12) version attached to WVA website.


Bogota Colombia the final published version was adapted from the Bogota Prototype produced in the Videodefunct System. Most of my involvement in the project focused on facilitating the production of Bogota Prototype. Bogota Colombia was published online in 2009 and used as major feature in the re-launch of the organisation’s new website design.

Figure: Slideshow of screenshots of the Bogota Prototype.

A key objective was to demonstrate the complexities of an Aid Development Program (ADP) and how it was managed, to WVA sponsors. WVA wanted to make the information provided to their sponsors more transparent, by providing multiple perspectives on an ADP. Sponsors as users had to be able to choose specific content that interested them and have the ability to be involved in the process of bringing that information together into multiple narratives.

Figure: Screenshot of the Bogota Prototype


The Webdoc had to facilitate interaction and present a form of online video that made connections with the type of video content being produced and consumed on the web. Accepting that users on the web are not television viewers, the organisation was interested in seeing how the aesthetics of online video could be utilised. The information provided needed to be as authentic and intimate, in relation to sponsors being able to make personal connections with the people they were supporting.

Figure: Slideshow of screenshots of the published version Bogota Colombia

Size/Duration: 290 short duration video clips 40-90″ (total duration as a collection around 7 hours)
Credits: Screenshot screenshot of acknowledgements.

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