The anticipated new release of Sharemovies is up. It provides an easier way to browse movies and provides a lot more info. I redesigned it from the ground up, keeping the most valuable elements of the initial version. In this post an overview of the new design and features.
I started Sharemovies back in 2010. Since then I did some tweaking and the site looked like this:
The new version is taking a whole new approach. I started using themoviedb API v3. It is a rich API with reasonable request limits. You should still use caching though.
The new release consists of 4 parts: the homepage, movie pages, person (cast / crew member) pages, and user pages.
The homepage shows the upcoming, top-rated and "now in theatres" movies. This data gets refreshed every 24 hours.
Seach is important
Central in the fixed positioned header is the search box, it uses autocomplete to provide a rich search result including trailers ( I did this with v2 of themoviedb API some time ago ). I think it is one of the most important / most useful things of the site: movie info can be found quickly and easily! Before clicking on the result ( = going to the movie page), you can watch the trailer to decide if you want to know more about that movie. Appending a year makes the search more accurate and it understands other languages (at least in the cases I tried: "Caza al terrorista" gives me "The Assignment" and "Ciudade de Deus" gives me "City of God").
Autocomplete in action
With trailer when hovering over the dedicated area:
When selecting the search result or clicking on a poster anywhere on the site, you are taken to the movie page:
When you log in with Facebook you can comment, like and add the movie to your watchlist and/or favorites.
The "Share" button is linked to addthis which surprisingly lets you use a customizable button. This way the page can be shared to most social networks.
Below the big version of the movie poster are links to Amazon, Netflix, IMDb and TMDb
Trailers and similar movies
One of the things I really liked in v1 were the Youtube trailers in boxy overlay - this had to stay the same.
When you click on the red play button alongside the movie title, an overlay is shown with the trailer. Warning: browsing movies and watching trailers this way can be pretty addictive ;)
You can also search for similar movies by clicking "You might also like ..." under the Plot summary.
When you click the actor photos or the crew names you are taken to a page dedicated to that person. There you will see his/her details and movies. There is a filter box at the top that lets you easily find a particular movie.
Last but not least: user profiles
Best thing to get familiar is to open my profile and click around, then login with Facebook and start building your own movie profile by adding movies when browsing movie pages ...
Search and scroll
Filter on genre
From here ...
Enjoy this app, and share the word. I think it is useful for the movie fans out there. I'm open for any issues or feedback ...
As far as I tried it worked reasonably well on an ipad. I'd like to build an iphone app later this year ...