As a computer science student who's also pursuing film as a second major, I wanted to build something that would link the two industries together. I've always been the type to track where movies are being filmed to get a sense of what the scenes might look like, so I decided to make a way to view all of these locations on a map. -Sanfeng

What it does

Users can enter a movie title into our search bar to find out the filming locations. The locations will then display on the map.

How we built it

We built the front end using HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and the back end through Node.js. We made use of myapifilms for the filming data, and Google Maps api to display it. We deployed the app using AWS.

Challenges we ran into

The biggest challenge we ran into was connecting the frontend with the backend. Everyone on our team had only ever worked on one end at a time, so it was definitely a bit of a learning experience.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We were all able to make and fully understand the entire stack. Before this, we had no experience with Node.js or any RESTFUL api, but we were still able to build it. We learned a lot through this app, but we were still able to completely finish it and make a working product.

What we learned

We learned how to use new APIs, such as the Google Maps API and the myapifilms IMDB api. We also learned how to setup a node server and connect the frontend to the backend.

What's next for iMapDB

We want to find a way to display the hometown's of the main actors of the film, show pictures of the images of the movies, and improve the reliability of the site so that more users can use it more often.

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