When you have a list of Actors for a movie, it’s great that the pictures come up, and it’s also great that when you click on them it shows what other movie they are in!
However, it’d be really nice to also have a “Bio” of them. A little write up about them. I know the information is readily available.
I think that mymovies does this, and is the only feature I miss from mm3 that mb does not have.
Nope, I would like this functionality built in to MB, its core to the product. Perhaps the images by name refactor should allow for the metadata.
Mockup I was referencing in previous post.
I approve this, but a dev will need to take ownership of this and design it.
Well now that I’m happy with the state of UpcomingTV, I’m looking at adding this type of information to my themes. I’ve currently got a proof of concept going, I need to finish alot more work in the backend before this will be pushed to my themes. But at least I know its possible.
Here is the current screen I have working:
I too would like to see this as a feature in future MB releases.
I use the Default theme view, so I don’t know how this would play amongst other themes.
Thumbstrip View once you drill down to Actor/Actress information seems to present the best design layout for this. Bio information could be presented/overlayed on top of where the Backdrop image is displayed for the current highlighted movie, that would give you the best real estate on the screen to display the information. Image of the Actor/Actress from IBN can be displayed to the left of the Biography information.
I have a crude mockup of this view, but don’t know how to include an attachment in this reply. The image button is asking for a URL, rather then allowing me to simply display and/or attach the .jpg file. If someone can direct me on how to do this, I will gladly share the display mockup here.
I like Bio information from AllMovie.com link text
Information can be quite extensive, so the window would need to be addressable by remote and then allow you to scroll up/down to view all information.
My thoughts anyway. Anyone and everyone can feel free to jump in with thoughts/comments.
Nice first mockup, when I get some extra time I will see if i can play. Developers can we add a info screen pop up when your on a actors name / image you hit * media browser recoginizes your focus is on a actors name, since it recognizes this * menu has a new button. Bio, then you click bio and a large pop up scrollable window comes up with actors picture. You can then scroll up and down to read and have a close button to return to previous focus.
Wild dreams of mine… wild dreams.
This is a great idea. I'm totally down. That would be awesome! Really really awesome! I put my vote with one of my wishes. And as I don’t get many that means a lot.
So here is a brief video of what I got so far, sorry for the quality:
So What’s next? What I wanted to do was possibly replace the “Titles in Collection” (this was the standard way of doing things before) with maybe a listing of all roles the actor is credited in, then cross reference them to the one in your collection so you can see which ones you have which ones you don’t.
Not sure if this feature is still on the radar – however if it is to be (or is already being) developed then I reckon it would also be a nice addition to not only display the movies that are in your collection but also display all movies that the actor/actress is in (ie have a list of all movies but somehow identify the ones which are included in you own collection).
Anybody got any design ideas for this, would love to see this implemented.
Using a wish here to make it 9 supporters. Hoping a dev steps in. Actor bios would be fantastic and don’t want to see this idea fade away and forgotton.
I like the pop-up idea which you will get when you are actually focused on an actors image. The mock-up, although good, seems a little complicated to achieve and random. For example would it be a random actor or the first in the list? Who decides which actor would be of interest and how?
My suggestion would be to change a couple of the tag names and maybe add a Nationality/Country tag:
<people> <person> <popularity>3</popularity> <actor>Brad Pitt</actor> <Nationality>USA</Nationality> <BornAs>William Bradley Pitt</BornAs> <Alias>Buratto Pitto</Alias> <id>287</id> <biography>William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. Pitt has received two Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one. He has been described as one of the world's most attractive men, a label for which he has received substantial media attention.</biography> <KnownMovies>40</KnownMovies> <Birthday>1963-12-18</Birthday> <Birthplace>Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States</Birthplace> <Filmography> <Movie>Twelve Monkeys</Movie> <Movie>Snatch</Movie> <Movie>Ocean's Eleven</Movie> <Movie>Ocean's Twelve</Movie> <Movie>A River Runs Throught It</Movie> <Movie>....... </Filmography> <LastModified>2010-04-26 03:26:14</LastModified> </person> </people>
This info can also be scraped from IMDB as Maximus suggests, IMDB has some info that TMDb does not such as awards/oscars/nominations which could also be incorporated into the metadata structure, something like:
<awards> <nominations>20</nominations> <Oscars>3</Oscars> <GoldenGlobes>2</GoldenGlobes> <Emmy>0</Emmy> <BAFTA>2</BAFTA> </awards>
Depending on people’s opinions/thoughts the following could also be scraped for regarding the occupation of each person. Given that some actors branch out into other positions like producing/directing, it would give a brief synopsis of the positions they have held in their career. Whether this information is actually displayed or not would be for the theme developer to decide, but the information could be scraped to be used (or not) and sit in the biography.xml just in case:
<Occupations> <Position>Actor</Position> <Position>Producer</Position> <Position>Executive Producer</Position> <Position>Director</Position> </Occupations>
Wondering if this is still possible, usable in default theme, approved, and time permitting, when/if it might be implemented?
Welcome aboard blade you to need put images in this format for the tracker
<img src="http://link address here"
Make sure you click the design tab at the top of topic and place your pics and more info about your idea there.
Thanks for the welcome, but I don’t understand the image requirement tag.
I have an image in the following location that I would like to attach.
C:\Public\Pictures\MediaBrowser – Actor Bio Layout Example.jpg
What is the proper tag to include in my reply? Sorry for the newb question.
Here is an example of the website blade suggested pointing to an actors bio page.
looking themoviedb.org looks like it has a facts section but its very basic, this allmovie.com looks perfect for this, never even heard of this site good find blade.
Gotten a bit further now I will list all the shows that the actor is in in your collection (they will be marked with a tick), followed by any other movies listed on TMDB. You will be able to select any item in your collection and it will navigate to the details page of that item.
Here is a screen:
How about an EBR plugin special here!
I'm thinking while your in the movie details page and your focus is sitting on an actor in the list you hit *. Your nice little popup menu comes up, and you have a BIO choice on the menu. Click it for a popup window similiar to what vanilla does with the # button giving us scrollable bio info and clickable link to their movies. Wow that sounds so simple… lol.
Wow that would be great if it could be implemented into the core. Hope the ideas are helping Sam.
I would like to see this implimented. Have, as an option in configurator, that when you click on an actor you get 1) Biographpy, or 2) Other movies with the actor (which I really don’t use that much.
The Beta Release of your plug-in seems to be pulling the proper information. Everything is working fine on my end.
So I’ve now implemented this in all my themes, unfortunately I don’t think there is a way to make it a separate plugin to be used in all themes. So theme developers will have to develop there own implementation of this.
Where is this BIO going to come from? Is the plan to manually enter BIO’s for each person?
I was looking at themoviedb.org, and they have people in their DB. Why doesn’t MB grab BIO’s and pics from there?