Jam3 Bear 71 (2012)

Bear 71 is a 2012 interactive National Film Board of Canada (NFB) web documentary by Leanne Allison and Jeremy Mendes about a grizzly bear in Banff National Park, who was collared at the age of three and was watched her whole life via trail cameras in the park.

Project Overview

Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison’s poignant interactive documentary about a bear in the Canadian Rockies illuminates the way humans engage with wildlife in the age of networks, satellites, and digital surveillance. Audiences from around the world can use their smartphones to become part of an interactive forest environment rich with bears, cougars, sheep, deer, and people as they follow an emotional story of a grizzly bear tagged and monitored by Banff National Park rangers.

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Honours & Awards

“In a year when we have seen so much experimental work, so many agencies and clients focused on just trying to be cool with mobile, I was delighted to see a real idea and a powerful story win this year's Site Of The Year. Without a doubt, Bear 71 was the most captivating and thought-provoking experience of 2012, executed with perfection for our digital consumption, and a very worthy winner of our ultimate yearly title.”

Rob Ford, FWA Founder
The Webby Awards
Online Film & Video: Public Service & Activism (Nomination) 2013
The Webby Awards
Online Film & Video: Best Use of Interactive Video (Nomination) 2013
The Webby Awards
Websites: Green (Nomination) 2013
The Webby Awards
Websites: NetArt (Silver Award) 2013
Site of the Day - March 1st 2012 Details
Site of the Month - March 2012
FITC Awards
Technical Excellence 2012
Digi Awards
Best Web Series (Non-Fiction) 2012 Details
One Show
Interactive Gold Pencil 2012 Details
Gold Award - Non-Profit Public Service Interactive 2012
Cannes Interactive
Gold Lion - Charities, Public Health & Safety 2012
Site of the Year 2012 Details
Personal Role

Architected and implemented clustered Smartfox Server configurations with Redbox streaming video server backends for multi user interactivity. Multi user systems are used on the web as well as during live events.

Technology Used
  • ActionScript 3
  • SmartfoxServer
  • Redbox
  • HTML5
  • Python
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