Welcome to the SeenTh.at Blog

I have always loved movies.

As a young boy, I remember thumbing through the drawers of thick VHS tapes my folks had used to record movies from HBO, trying to find a movie to watch.  Each tape had 3-4 titles scribbled on the label, and when I finally decided on the one I wanted it usually required a few minutes of rewinding or fast forwarding in order to make sure I was at the beginning of the desired movie.  As a teenager, I held one of my first jobs at a theater working concessions, ushering patrons and selling tickets in the box office.  In college I spent two years managing shifts at the local Blockbuster Video store, as well as managing community promotions at a local theater.  It’s because of this exposure to “the movies” that I have seen well over 2,000 films in my lifetime, and plan to see thousands more.

Movies make me laugh, cry, cringe, shudder, smile, dream and love.  They have an almost unmatched ability to transport me to another world.  They inspire, terrify and excite.  They allow me, as a viewer, to virtually experience another’s life, if only in some small measure.

I will always love movies, and as a result, will always want to share how they’ve affected me, for better or for worse.  I also want everyone else that has even the slightest passion for movies to have the opportunity to do the same, which is why during the early months of 2011, I spent a lot of time scouring the Internet for a socially-driven site for film lovers; a site that would allow me to rate movies, write reviews, check off movies I’ve seen, send/receive recommendations from friends and see what everyone else had to say about the movies I love (and hate).

In my search I have discovered the following movie-related sites:

ICheckMovies
Narvoo
Spout
Lunch
Flixster
FlickChart
FilmFresh
FilmCrave
IMDB
Criticker
NanoCrowd
The Movie Tracker
Trakt
FollwIt
Film Gator
Filmaster
Mombo
Gruvi
Jaman

I mean no disrespect to any of the sites listed above.  Each one has merit, and in all fairness, not all of them are attempting to be a “socially-driven site for film lovers.”  Having said that, none of the sites above adequately executed on what I thought should exist.  Some had pieces of the puzzle, but nothing was complete.

So here I am, 9 months later, working frantically alongside two talented individuals that have a similar vision and passion to bring what’s needed to the masses:

Thanh Nguyen, CTO
Shane Helm, CCO

The plan is to launch a private beta of SeenTh.at later this year, with a wide release sometime in 2012.  As we get closer to the beta launch, we’ll be reaching out for your feedback and giving you updates on how things are going on our end, so check back often so you can be in the know.  As always, we’re active on Twitter (@seenthatmove) and Facebook (facebook.com/seenthat).  You are also welcome to shoot us an email at contact@seenth.at with ideas, questions, etc.

Here’s to the future.

Best,

John Perkins
Founder, CEO

40 Comments on "Welcome to the SeenTh.at Blog"

  1. Shane says:

    Nice post John! I echo your love for movies. Guys, I can’t wait to launch this…

  2. Nick Jarvis says:

    I seriously CAN’T WAIT for this site to get up and going!! Congrats to you 3 on the success and future success

    • John says:

      Thanks Nick! We’re just as excited and ready to get this thing going. Just need to make sure it’s robust enough that everyone catches the vision, but lean enough that we aren’t in development until next Christmas!

  3. rcrd says:

    Stop writing blog posts and finish this awesome site already! :D
    (Nice post though!)

    • Shane Helm says:

      Thanks rcrd! Lots of work happening behind the scenes; going as fast as we possibly can. This blog will be our way of keeping everyone updated on our progress. We really appreciate your interest (and humor). :)

  4. I am THRILLED with this developing new website, and look forward to updates on the blog. Thanks for all your hard work! I will be sharing this with my social networks including my @ThePixarPodcast Twitter.

  5. Emir Ayouni says:

    Yeah baby! You guys are showing signs of life. That’s good enough for me… for now!

    Greatness awaits, guys!

  6. Nyssa says:

    Can’t wait to see what SeenTh.at will hold. Like you, I love movies, and have actually tried many of the sites you listed, but also found they were not quite what I was looking for (or just didn’t function nicely). So, I’m holding out that this will be the lucky one. ;)

    Good luck and I’ll be keeping an eye out on the blog to see how it’s all progressing. :)

  7. Ryeg says:

    I’m eagerly waiting to finally be able to start using this site!

  8. Jon says:

    Receiving the email then seeing this post gave me goosebumps! It is so exciting to finally have what promises to be the Movie Review Website of all time! I’m telling everyone!

  9. BeckyB says:

    Was just thinking about this site the other day and hoping there would be news soon–can’t wait to try it!

  10. Terry says:

    Thanks for the work and the inspiration. I’m really looking forward to you going live. I spend a lot of time on IMDb, Metacritic, Flixster, finding movies on Wikipedia, keeping lists in my Maltin app, and what I’d hope for is something on the order of Goodreads. Keep the faith!

  11. Looking forward to it, guys. For a while I used Get Glue on my iPhone but discovered it annoyed everybody when it notified my Twitter stream what I was watching. Sounds like this is going to be good!

  12. Greg says:

    Looks great! I’m looking forward to the beta.

    I’m curious, what are you using to build the backend (i.e. ruby, php, python)? Are you using any frameworks (i.e. Rails, Codeigniter)?

  13. Josh says:

    After talking to Shane and getting a taste for the vision of this thing, I am really amped to be a part of it! It really is surprising that nothing like this has sprung up already but that just means we get to be on the inside of something really cool and exciting! Keep workin hard fellas, it’ll all be worth it in another few months!

  14. Dave says:

    Really nice blog dudes! I found you guys via dribbble and I’m following you since then. Keep it up =)

  15. Loubna says:

    I’ve always been looking for a website like this, so I have high hopes. The problem with some of the websites you listed is the User interface and experience; so I hope you’ll put a lot of work in it. From what I’ve seen on Dribbble, it is promising; I can’t wait for the beta.
    I already found a website for TV shows ( http://fav.tv ), I only lack one dedicated to movies.
    Good luck with everything!

  16. nymfaux says:

    SO EXCITED!!!!!–I found Seen That through a comment of yours on a goodreads discussion and in case I didn’t mention it, I’m SO EXCITED!!!!!! I LOVE the idea of being able to list, review, and share my love of movies with other movie lovers!–Like you, I’ve watched thousands of movies (and am always watching more), but have been frustrated using spread sheets trying to keep track of them by myself, and couldn’t quite find what I was looking for at other websites–but yours sounds perfect!!!!! Can’t wait!!!! :D

  17. Sam says:

    Quick type: your twitter is @seenthatmovie, not @seenthatmove

  18. Doc Erotiq says:

    As a sexologist, I am always watching documentaries and reading books to grow my ever expanding knowledge of human sexuality. I have used Goodreads for years now to keep track of titles I have read and want to read.

    Sadly, I have never had a tool like Seenth.at before to manage the documentaries and films that I have seen or want to see that works as fluidly as Goodreads. I am chomping at the bit waiting for the launch.

    Kudos to you John for seeing a need and filling a need. It is your spirit and committment that is changing the web.

    ~Joshua Stackhouse
    aka Doc Erotiq

  19. SportsVault says:

    I have been waiting for you guys and Bank Simple to launch for months! Can’t wait to check it out.

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