After a gentle reminder from Phil, it's time to think about how we'll add films to the catalogue of Hong Kong's history. Here are my ideas - your comments are very welcome.
The idea is that films are a good source of information about old Hong Kong. Initially, because they show old buildings and places that have been demolished.
I can think of three main types of film:
- Feature-length, old film shot in Hong Kong. eg Love is a Many Splendored Thing (LIAMST), and any local films shot here.
- Feature-length, modern film that recreates some parts of Hong Kong. eg Lust, Caution.
- Short film, old, shot in Hong Kong. I'm thinking of the film clips we see on YouTube. Michael Rogge's films are a good example.
I'd like to concentrate on original sources of information for now, ie film types #1 and #3.
How to categorise the films?
- By the buildings and places that are shown in the film.
- By the year that the film was shot. (The alternative would be to categorise by the period that the film is set in. eg LIAMST is set in 1949-50, but was shot in 1955. For the views of Hong Kong, we're seeing it as it looked in 1955, so that seems the best date to catalogue it by.)
How will we want to search for films later?
- Show me views of Queen's Building in the 1950s
- Show me views of Hong Kong from the 1960s
These categories and searches are basically the same as we have with the existing 'Image' content type. So, we could either use the existing Image type bor both still images and films (good if they Images and Films will always be the same), or make a new Film type that is a copy of Image (good if we imagine Films and Images will likely need different categories / searches in future).
I'm leaning towards the 'make a new Film type' approach.
What am I missing? Any ideas for improvements?