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In September 2019, I encountered a trailer for the forthcoming horror film "Countdown." The plot centered around a unique mobile application capable of predicting its users' remaining lifespan. As an app developer with a penchant for horror films, I was inspired to turn this intriguing concept into reality.
STXFilms, the studio behind "Countdown," were not initially associated with the project. However, following the app's unexpected success—securing 2 million downloads within a few days—they expressed interest in a collaboration. Seizing the opportunity, we combined forces to promote the film's Halloween release, leveraging the app's viral popularity.
Building on this success, our collaboration extended to further campaigns, including for STX's subsequent horror release, "Brahms: The Boy II." In this interactive campaign, users were given the option to let the character Brahms adjust their fate by viewing a short teaser trailer. Furthermore, we have utilized the app to run competitions and enable direct purchase of theater tickets, reaching over 17 million users.
The app's popularity also led to a trending hashtag on TikTok, where users would share videos of their reactions to their countdowns. This provided an engaging platform for user interaction and further promotion of our associated horror films. From the inception of a unique concept to its real-world application, this project showcases my ability to transform creative ideas into impactful digital solutions.
In the early part of 2023, I implemented an innovative feature that significantly enhanced the app's user experience. By integrating Apple's HomeKit, the app gained the ability to interact with home lighting systems, creating a more immersive and atmospheric experience for the user. The new feature introduced the mysterious entity of Ozhin into the user's home environment, transforming the app into a portal for uncanny occurrences.
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Back in 2018, I saw Black Mirror S3 E1 on Netflix. A woman desperate to boost her social media score hits the jackpot when she's invited to a swanky wedding, but the trip doesn't go as planned. Having watched the show, I was inspired to recreate the app in real life. Using Swift, Firebase, geolocation permissions I challenged myself to create the app in 24 hours.
I create a Twitter account to see if I could push it out and gain some traction. It worked. I had a couple hundred messages asking for people to try it out, so I uploaded to Testflight and invited 100 people. People loved it so much that I published the app to Apple for review. Unfortunately Apple didn't love it as much and rejected the app (7 times, actually - after making many changes).
So although the app wasn't publicly available, those lucky hundred strangers got to rate each other to try get that 5.0 score. Fun fact, most images uploaded was of pets - those gained the highest ratings.
The app is still not available and I'm not planning on submitting to Apple any time soon.