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Battle Castle TV

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
Brief Overview 

BattleCastle.tv is our transmedia co-production that brings to life mighty medieval fortifications and the epic sieges they resist: clashes that defy the limits of military technology, turn empires to dust, and transform mortals into legends. Battle Castle demonstates how basic Drupal functionality can be used to create advanced page designs.

Launch or Publication Date 
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Crac des Chavaliers Castle Homepage
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Views, CCK, Customized version of the Basic theme and Standard Drupal distribution.
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 

The CCK module allowed us to capture the entites and their relationships to each other. The Battle Castle world consists of interelated castles, weapons, featured structures, and history makers. With CCK we could specific content types for each and represent how they related to each other.

The Views module allowed us to take our various pieces of content and create the pages and page elements as we required them.

The Battle Castle website, as part of a set of intertainment properties, needed to implement a creative concept that was engaging and promoted playful exploration of the content. The unique interactivity of the concept meant that no module existed to implement it. The extensibility and flexibility of the Drupal theming system allowed us to create unique Home and Castle slider pages without creating a whole new presentation framework.

Battle Castle demonstates how basic Drupal functionality can be used to create advanced page designs.

 

Owner's Name 
Medieval Media Inc. / Agentic
Development Company 
Agentic Digital Media
Agentic is a web development agency that provides core website design, strategy, and transformational digital media solutions. We specialize in creating websites in Drupal for social change organizations and believe in using digital media for good.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
The site was intended to be a frequently updated, content rich resource in support of a 6 episode documentary series. Drupal provided the perfect content foundation for a complex mix of content types and taxonomies. We also wanted to really stretch what Drupal could do with CSS and a non-traditional, gorgeous front end interface.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

BattleCastle.tv is our transmedia co-production that brings to life mighty medieval fortifications and the epic sieges they resist: clashes that defy the limits of military technology, turn empires to dust, and transform mortals into legends.

TV is one of the ultimate storytelling vehicles, and documentaries are a key way to tell important stories. So we're excited to launch battlecastle.tv, the transmedia elements for a doc series on the world's greatest castles and their impact.

It's a production we're co-producing with Medieval Media Inc. The six part TV series released in 2012. Together with this online presence, they will give you the chance to explore how and why castles were constructed and how they were sieged.

On the site, you can watch videos, see motion graphic comics, meet the host Dan Snow, see behind-the-scenes photos and videos and keep up to date with the film crew's progress and stories on the blog. The site has a new look and lots of fresh content, including an individual page for each Battle Castle episode that contains information about historical figures, castle facts, and a featured defensive structure.

 

Type of Nomination 
Website