Biology of Story, the interactive documentary from filmmaker Amnon Buchbinder and producer Geneviève Appleton, is more than a collection of stories and larger than an online archive. The project is a rigorously patterned exploration of Story and it’s integral role in art and life through the insights of over a hundred leading creators, practitioners and thinkers who work with story in a wide range of fields. It is a non-linear conduit through which to discover the practices by which we work with story and the principles by which story works with us.
Featuring over 1200 individual media items and 60 hours of video interviews accessible through a networked interface, viewers chart their own path through the infinite possibilities of 118 hierarchically sorted Principles and Practices that define the human relationship to story. The Biology of Story presents a whole new way to think about Story, to understand story as a living thing, and to see living as a story thing.
A project on such a massive scale is always exciting for us at Helios to undertake. As the design and development team working with Amnon and Geneviève from the earliest development days right through to the project launch at SXSW Interactive in March 2016, we enjoyed designing and developing an experience that’s simple, beautiful and engaging, but not overwhelmed by its wealth of content, while at the same time create an archive that is highly-searchable and accessible, allowing a visitor to locate any piece of media within just a few easy clicks.
Even today, like any good story or living organism, Biology of Story continues to grow and evolve.