Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview

Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.

Video highlights from the apps (36-minute version)

This montage provides a sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.

Friday, September 30, 2011

FVM app back in the App Store (for iPhones / iPads)

We had to switch Apple accounts for the FVM app, which caused the Apple version of the app to disappear from the App Store for a couple of weeks. Argh! ... But the app is back now. If you have an Apple device, please download the app and let us know what you think.

Logos of our biggest sponsors

The Fort Vancouver Mobile project would not have been possible without the generous support of all of the many volunteers but also these primary financial sponsors. Just thought I would say thank you, again!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Photos from the Kanaka video shoot

Fort Vancouver's chief ranger Greg Shine sent a few images from the video shoot on Friday. Here they are! ... Thanks, Greg!

Frank van Waardenburg as William Kaulehelehe in sermon scene

Videographer Troy Wayrynen filming actors Sandy Bunda and Randy Chang approaching the makeshift church

Working on close-ups with Dale Magsayo

Sandwich boards that closed down part of the site for our filming

The cast and crew, from left to right: Brett Oppegaard, Troy Wayrynen, Dale Magsayo, Sandy Bunda, Randy Chang, Deva Yamashiro, Chayton Barnes, Robert Barnes, Frank van Waardenburg (holding his granddaughter Fallon), Greg Shine and Kapuanani Antonio.

Monday, September 26, 2011

WSU Vancouver historian gets FVM tour

Dr. Steve Fountain, a WSU Vancouver historian, who has been consulting on this project, took a full-fledged look at the Kanaka module last week on site. He made many positive comments about the FVM app, and he raised ideas about how such apps could be used in tandem with the release of scholarly books, for marketing as well as for providing deeper context about geographical spaces in which the physical environment adds to or enhances understandings of place in conjunction with digital media.

NEH meetings and Phase 2 of the FVM project

With the Kanaka module in the final stages of polish, we are turning our attention more now to the second phase of development in the Fort Vancouver Mobile project, a module about women and domestic life in The Village in the mid-1800s. Dr. Dene Grigar, the director of the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at WSU Vancouver, is the principal investigator on that module, and she is in Washington, D.C., this week to talk to National Endowment for the Humanities staff members supporting our work as part of a $50,000 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant. Dr. Grigar is participating in a NEH workshop about the grant and also preparing a pitch for a Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities at WSU Vancouver. She also is keeping a separate blog about the women and domestic life module here.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kanaka video production just about wrapped up

Friday was a busy day for the FVM project. Videographer Troy Wayrynen and I shot the final round of footage for the Kanaka module version that is scheduled for a full release (the interactive narrative already has been through proof-of-concept and prototyping stages, and is being beta tested now). We plan to edit that footage and integrate it with another session of media production from a few months ago, that one focused on recreation, such as hula dancing, at the site. The goal is to create a video that illustrates the conflict Hawaiians had (and many people still do today) between spending Sunday as a day off for recreation, or for spiritual pursuits. Letters from various sources in the 1840s noted that the protagonist of the Kanaka module, William Kaulehelehe, had a tough time convincing his fellow "Sandwich Islanders" to spend their lone day off each week in his makeshift place of worship. So we are reflecting that piece of history with this segment. Chief Ranger Greg Shine once again gave the FVM project all of the support it needed, including the help of many other National Park Service staff members at the Fort Vancouver National Historic site. All of the on-screen talent came from the ranks of the Ke Kukui Foundation, the region's top Hawaiian/Polynesian arts and culture organization, led by Deva Yamashiro. Visitors to the set this time included the Fort Vancouver Superintendent, Tracy Fortmann, and a team of Columbian news reporters, led by veteran writer Tom Vogt.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Forrest Burger and KBTC

Our longtime supporter and key partner in the Fort Vancouver Mobile project, Forrest Burger, recently accepted the local production manager job at the KBTC public television station in Tacoma. Forrest has had a distinguished journalism career, including working for CNN Tokyo and "60 Minutes" in New York, and we feel very fortunate to have collaborated with him so much on the FVM project. He helped in countless ways and always went above-and-beyond for this project, from providing technical advice and testing gear to the superb work he has performed for FVM behind the camera (as the lead videographer on several FVM videos that are yet to be released, as part of The Village opening module). His new job includes being responsible for the overall production of local programming on KBTC, including creating public affairs and documentary programs. We don't know fully yet what that means for his future involvement with the FVM project, but we do know that Tacoma will be lucky to have him at the helm.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apple App Store account in transition

We have decided to move our Apple FVM app from a personal iTunes account to an organizational account, so if you see it missing from the App Store for a few days, you will know why. Apparently, Apple does not allow direct transfers, so we had to delete the app in the store and resubmit it with the new account. Will keep you posted on the new link, when it appears.