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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas, questions, etc.
Here’s to the future.