Red Hot + DIYdoc

In 2016 Red Hot began reinventing its pro-social + activist model to reflect the digital age. The first step was the creation of a mobile App called DIYdoc (do it yourself documentary) with funding from the NEA and a private foundation. The App allows people to make short polished documentary films with their iPhones in a simple and intuitive way that combines the best of traditional filmmaking and crowd-sourced digital content.

Install the App to start making films and sharing your stories:

Much like a storyboard, DIYdoc is based on a template structure which includes a series of scenes of a prescribed length, shot type, and basic questions for people to answer. The user fills in the storyboard template with their videos and once completed, it gets uploaded to our server where they’re automatically edited and processed with transitions, filters, graphics and other professional elements. Within about five minutes people get the edited film back, which they can watch, share and post on social media or through email.

Red Hot is using this technology to explore the idea of a ‘digital quilt’ to compliment the Names Project and capture short films memorializing people lost to AIDS/HIV as well as films about living with HIV to raise awareness of the current crisis and preserve them historically. Red Hot will also create storytelling templates for the LBGTQ community to share stories of ‘coming out’ as well as tributes to artists and individuals along the lines of the tribute albums Red Hot as produced since the 1990s. In addition to these projects, Red Hot is partnering with other non-profit partners to use the technology to promote and preserve important stories as well as select for profit partners to help provide continued funding and support for the project. DIYdoc was created, designed and produced by John Carlin who also co-founded Red Hot and the digital design studio Funny Garbage.

©, ™, patent pending DIYdoc, Inc. 2017

How to use DIYdoc

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Select User Videos