In collaboration with the American Film Institute, and with the cooperation of Warner Brothers Home Video and InterActual, and with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Georgia Tech is creating a digital edition of the American film classic Casablanca (1942), which will serve as the prototype for a repository for scholarly and critical annotations of all of American films. The annotations reside on a server run by the American Film Institute and place calls to a DVD on the end-user’s computer. By linking the web-based annotations to the local DVD with a uniform information structure the project aims to reconcile the needs of copyright holders and film scholars. Students can access specific segments of the video without resorting to costly or illegal reproduction. Scholars can link targeted film segments to other primary materials such as shooting scripts, production memos, and never before seen outtakes.
The project is divided up into two primary components: the Front end user interface and the back-end authoring environment. My primary role was the development of the user interface which provides three entry points into the film: the commentary explorer, film explorer, and document explorer. Through these interfaces the user is able to easily access information added by experts and film scholars via the back-end authoring environment. By creating an infrastructure that allows for dynamic, on-the-fly updating of film commentaries and annotations, the Casablanca Project takes the interactive DVD to a new level; It integrates high resolution DVD content with dynamic web content to create a seamless,and enhanced experience for the movie watcher, facilitating complete immersion through contextual exploration of a film.
ASP.NET and VB.Net