October 19, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The National Film Board of Canada and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) are launching Déroutes, un voyage sonore au cœur de Montréal, a free app for iOS that features French-speaking new Montrealers discussing their first experiences riding the Montreal Metro. These first-person accounts of Montreal are sometimes funny, often touching, and always eminently human. The app was created by eight students from UQAM through Jeunes Pousses, a nine-week interactive apprenticeship program that had them working with the NFB’s Interactive Studio to develop an interactive narrative project in which audio was central to the creative process. These students were the first group to complete the program. The call for applications for the 2018 edition is also being launched today.
About Déroutes, un voyage sonore au cœur de Montréal
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Déroutes app, get ready for a truly interactive experience the next time you ride the Metro. Just enter the name of the station where you get on and the station where you’ll be getting off. The app then calculates your travel time and generates a unique soundtrack composed of the personal stories of other Metro users, with background music to match. A symbol of mobility and movement, the Montreal Metro becomes the vehicle through which you can encounter the compelling stories featured in this app.
Download the app here.
About the first group of Jeunes Pousses apprentices
The apprentices who created Déroutes are students in various programs at UQAM:
- Raphaëlle Joo and Félix Deschênes – bachelor’s in Communication (Journalism)
- Pascale Tétreault and Vincent Cusson – bachelor’s in Communication (Interactive Media Production)
- Maïa Faddoul and Fanny Huard – bachelor’s in Graphic Design
- Étienne Gratianette – DESS in Film Music
Call for applications for the 2018 Jeunes Pousses apprenticeships
The NFB and UQAM are also launching their call for applications for the 2018 edition of the Jeunes Pousses apprenticeship program. Running nine weeks (April 23 to June 22, 2018), this program will give eight UQAM students the opportunity to work with the NFB’s Interactive Studio to create an interactive project on the theme of metamorphosis, which will be launched when the apprenticeship is over. Those selected will receive a $1,000 grant to take part.
In addition to benefitting from a multidisciplinary experience in a real production setting, the participants will take master classes taught by professionals from various fields (interactive documentary, journalism, radio, web and more) and work with UQAM professors and researchers to ensure the accuracy of all content.
The deadline for applying is November 29, 2017. To get more details and learn how to apply, visit the NFB blog (in French).
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailer, synopsis: Déroutes, un voyage sonore au cœur de Montréal (Available in French only)
Download the free app for iOS here.
Université du Québec à Montréal
Jeunes Pousses – call for applications for the 2018 edition