Posted November 3, 2011 in CSS, HTML, PHP, Portfolio, Web, WordPress

The Dawn Will Break

“I have hired Chris to design and write code for several websites. I have always found him to be very knowledgeable and efficient. The results speak for themselves.”—David Alexander, Owner, Platypus Productions

David Alexander is an independent filmmaker operating out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He rehired me to create a website to assist pitching his independent film about the lost children of Sudan. The objectives included pages for the synopsis, trailer, filmmaker bios, partner / contact information and a blog. The client provided the following spec:

The spec was created by Judy Alexander, a graphic designer / art director who worked at Apple and placed high emphasis on flow lines and pixel-perfect translation from spec to HTML. The homepage matches the spec to the pixel, with the sole exception being the Facebook like button. After considering arguments in both directions, we decided to implement the standard Like button, opting for familiarity over aesthetics. The blog is a customized version of the Simple Blue WordPress theme:

Here are the filmmakers’ profiles:

This was one of the more interesting projects I’ve worked on. The cause is noble and unique. The client became a friend, and invited me to a fundraiser for the film where I met Co-Producer Micklina Peter Kenyi, the first “lost girl of Sudan” to settle in Colorado. Their story is amazing and inspiring. Last I heard the site enabled the client to pitch the film to various industry professionals, including George Clooney. I hope to see it on the big screen someday.

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