“Softwaring Hard” is a documentary about software and its makers and users.
“Wherever you look there’s probably software.”
Interviews in 15 cities in 13 countries on 6 continents: Montreal (Canada), Baia Mare (Romania), Oddstock and Manchester (England), Salto (Uruguay), Tehran (Iran), Chandigarh (India), Brive-la-Gaillarde (France) Sao Paulo (Brazil), Istanbul (Turkey), Kampala (Uganda), Cape Town (South Africa), Neuchatel (Switzerland), Melbourne (Australia) and Darwin (Australia)
Peter Willetts – software expert
Vanda Ciuban Serban – user
Sonia Shoja – user
2 kinds of interviewees: people from inside the software making industry (directly involved in the process): QA (quality assurance) testers or analysts, BA – business analysts, PM – project managers, developers (programmers), DBA – database administrators and database architects, then people from outside the software making industry – regular computer users.
The film is Alex Pop‘s take on software making and what each part understands about the other – this is the main purpose of it and what I mainly try to achieve – help the software makers understand what the regular users think about the process and about them and help the regular users get a closer to the truth image of the software development process.
The project started in January 2013, when Alex started to search for second unit directors all around the world. He used the Stage32 platform for that and all the second unit directors were found on Stage32. The interviews were shot during the summer-autumn-winter 2013-2014 and the film was released on June 6th 2014 at Dollar Cinema (6900 Decarie Square) in Montreal, starting at 6 PM.