Before Christmas I wrote a couple of posts about working with Gatsby and the Jamstack concept in general. Since then I’ve been doing some more work with this exciting new ecosystem from playing with html and css component ideas, looking at different ways to source content, use images and efficiently build in layouts; the best way to do this was to actually focus on putting a website “out there” in a live context and the best candidate for that was the ShortOrme Productions website!
For those not in the know, ShortOrme Productions is a film production outfit that I kind of run. We’ve made four short films of varying lengths since 2013 – the longest and most ambitious one that we’ve released to date is called All Good Things, written and directed by myself, and I’ve embedded it below for those who are curious:
I’ve been planning on doing something with the ShortOrme website for years. It’s been hosted on WordPress.com for all of its life so theming has been limited, and I’ve been paying about £11 a year for the privelage of linking a URL to it. So, with my work in Gatsby and Netlify I decided to put a plan into action to migrate the site over to that platform.
It’s been fairly painless and it’s let me grapple with the templating and content sourcing in both Gatsby and Netlify a lot more. I’ve set up the Netlify CMS to allow me to enter a lot more metadata into the frontmatter for each of the films I’m hosting and have used the work I did in this Pen (albeit with a bit of reconfiguring) to build a “splash page” for anyone hitting the root URL:
It’s also not completely finished – the About page is a little rudimentary and there’s some films missing from the film list. I’m also using some slightly crappy captures from YouTube for the film thumbnails as I need to go into Premiere on my home desktop to grab some better quality images, but simply haven’t had time!
Still, check out the site and watch some of the films! We’ve got one in production at the moment called Human Too which I’m hoping to have finished this year. It’s needed a few rewrites as the concept got a bit too ambitious for its own good, but watch this space for more info!
Bottom line, I love Jamstack. I love working with Gatsby and I think this “serverless” approach to building and deploying websites has a huge amount of potential in both my workflow and the projects I look at going foward.
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