In 2012 and 2013, I led the web development and engineering effort of an interactive participatory documentary called Hollow. Built with Node.js, NoSQL databases, web sockets, and other modern technologies, the website delivers an innovative hybrid of HTML5 and film.
Hollow explores the issues of small-town America through the voices of people living in McDowell County, W.Va. The site is rich and cinematic, with animated visuals, portrait and community video, user-generated content, overlays, data visualizations, grassroots mapping, triggered audio and ambient soundscapes, and an accompanying community website. The experience also employs unique user interactions and pulls from Google, Instagram and Twitter APIs.
In 2012, Hollow was awarded a new media grant from the Tribeca Film Institute. On June 20, 2013, with the launch of the online experience, The New York Times online featured Hollow on its front page. The Huffington Post and other film and web industry leaders also provided rave reviews of our team's website.