Geoff Groberg

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The Silence of War

The Silence of War is a transmedia storytelling project about a small group of African American Vietnam Veterans from rural Eastern North Carolina. Their stories are told through interviews, photos, videos and other media.

The project was created by faculty and students at Wake Forest University. I was a co-director and also led the web development and design.

The technical side of things

One of the fun things about the project for me was creating the web framework. It’s a single-page application designed for the presentation of rich media. And it’s based entirely on front-end technologies: HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. It was refreshing since I usually do a lot of backend programming.

The framework is built for storytelling. Stories are created with a series of slides that contain all kinds of rich media. Video, audio, images, text, gradients, and more can be layered in interesting ways and navigated with smooth transitions in between. There are lots of interesting techniques I used to help with things like positioning text, creating rich full-screen backgrounds (including video backgrounds), overlaying transparent vignettes and gradients, and creating smooth background audio transitions.

In order to deal with all of the large video files and other media I created a custom lazy-loader in javascript. The lazy-loader basically downloads large media files just before they are needed, rather than trying to download everything at once. It looks ahead to see what slides the viewer can potentially view next and downloads only the media for those.

Building the framework gave me some new ideas and changed the way I think about storytelling on the web. Background audio is especially interesting to me in this type of application and I’m planning on doing more with it in the future.

View the The Silence of War.

Eira’s new violin

Eira's new violin

Eira is going to start violin lessons so we bought her a violin. She’s delighted. And as you can see in the photo, Lucy and Amanda have already started teaching her how to play. Important note: Lucy and Amanda don’t know how to play the violin.

Sunday Night at Groberg House

Groberg House

Nebo Loop

Skipped work on a rainy morning.
Strapped a video camera to the front of my truck.
Drove the Nebo Loop.

Created in 2004, I think.

The road to Lund, Nevada

In October 2012 we had a bluegrass gig in Lund, Nevada. What? You’ve never heard of Lund?! It’s a tiny town in the middle of a desert. The drive there can be spectacular.

A few fellow travelers on this fun road trip…

Arizona Road Trip

Unbelievable scenery on our way to a family reunion in Arizona…

Messy studio, I love you.

Fascinated by drunk people dancing

Here’s my bluegrass band, fascinated as quite a few drunk people try to dance the Virginia Reel.

The road to Wyoming

Beautiful Colors in the Sky

I was in my basement when I noticed unearthly colors streaming thru the window shutters. I ran outside and saw this. These are straight out of the camera, no color adjustment: