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Money and the Greeks ( Introductory sequence

by Verena Kick

This sequence is part of Money and the Greeks (2012), a web-native documentary by Florian Thalhofer. Thalhofer uses his software Korsakow (developed in 2000) for putting together his web-native documentary films. Korsakow is an open-source application for dynamic storytelling, be it web documentaries or other kinds of nonlinear, interactive narratives. No program expertise is needed for Korsakov, only the understanding of how to work with one's footage in terms of SNUs and POCs (terms invented by Heinz Emigholz). A filmmaker takes her footage, edits it into video clips up to 2-3 minutes long and then starts to turn them into a SNU, i.e. adding keywords and and other rules to it. This kind of editing is called "algorithmic editing." In a second step, the filmmaker creates links between these SNUs. These links are called POCs and are more than merely a link - they are more like possible "docking points." Sometimes a SNU finds via a POC the right matching SNU or several SNUs, but sometimes the right SNU with the right keywords are not there. (More about Korsakow here:


In this sequence, the Korsakov film has loaded and only plays one clip. The filmmaker, Thalhofer, provides the voice-over and sums up the Greek Euro crisis in short and simple terms. The accompanying video clip shows first a bonfire, then Greek workers standing around in discussing their situation. (They are talking in Greek which is then only understandable to the Greek viewer.) Halfway through the introduction, to the right go the first sequence, four previews for the next sequences start to appear. Mousing over them, also reveals tags. The bar at the bottom of the screen explains how viewers who watched the footage before it was edited with Korsakow rated the interviews, green indicated approval, red indicated disapproval. The pre-viewers were either Greek, Greek expats (Greeks living abroad) or Germans. Hence, the user as various opportunities to make a selection here and might in the end just go with her instinct at first. Only after while, when nothing that certain interviewees recur, the user can start forming her own narrative.

Money and the Greeks ( Introductory sequence

This is the introductory sequence of "Money and the Greeks" (2012) - a web-native documentary by Florian Thalhofer.

from Money and the Greeks (2012)
Creator: Florian Thalhoger
Posted by Verena Kick