The client planned a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a short film based on a short story by author Ryan W. Bradley. It was the client’s first in a series of independent films to be produced by the film company, which she was just starting. She was seeking help with the screenplay—she needed a narration for a fictitious but believable television documentary that would play in the background—as well as help with the project in a variety of other areas, among them a website to support the campaign. She had an arrangement in place with a graphic designer for a logo, illustrations, and other design needs. To keep the budget within the reach of a Kickstarter budget, the project needed to be completed in less than six months so that lower-cost resources that would be available during the summer months could be used for production.
After collaborating on the screenplay, I offered to create and host the website BSP would need to support the Kickstarter campaign. I was then in the process of moving my sites from a shared host to self-managed virtual private servers on Digital Ocean and could host the site securely there at low cost.
Though a blog was not planned, I proposed to use WordPress to minimize the cost of maintenance and anticipated changes in the future.
After receiving material from the graphic designer, I prepared some site mockups in Sketch, them met with the client to review and hash out design ideas.
I prepared a low-cost, 512MB Ubuntu 16.04 server on DigitalOcean with Apache HTTP Server, Postfix, MySQL, PHP7, and WordPress and secured it with a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. I took advantage of the JointsWP starter theme, based on Zurb Foundation, to build a custom theme for the project.
The site was deployed on schedule, just prior to the start of the Kickstarter campaign. The Kickstarter campaign was successful and the project is underway.