EMP Museum's exhibit about horror movies, Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film explores the cultural, cinematic and historic impact of horror movies. Naturally, a significant portion of the multimedia for this exhibit was in the form of video. The Curio Dept. wrote two iPad apps to display video content to museum-goers. One app accompanies a display of movie props and allows visitors to see a clip of the props being used in their original films. The other app provides a series of exclusive interviews with critics and filmmakers about various aspects of horror movies.
These apps were designed from the ground up to be at home in a museum environment. The apps are easy enough for anyone to walk up to and use without instruction. They run all the time, even when the museum is closed, so they had to be efficient and stable. We also built analytics right into the app, so museum staff can see which videos are the most popular and tune the exhibit accordingly.