About

Softwaring Hard” is a documentary about software and its makers and users.

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“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)
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.

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2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Softwaring Hard is an interesting and unique documentary on the who, what, where, when, why and how of software. What’s most nice about it is that you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy this documentary. All you need is a general interest in software.

    It is all based on interviews of various users and experts from around the globe, which I find provides a feeling that you’re getting a balanced view on the topic questions presented.

    There were a few humorous moments here and there which was a welcome addition. It brings some personality to not only the interviews but it creates a more friendly and welcoming attitude towards software overall. Additionally there are some interesting moments where the downfalls or negative aspects of software are explored in relation to how we live today.

    Coming away from watching this documentary I felt an appreciation for software and the many things it entails. One thing that surprised me is that there appears at a certain point in the documentary a little piece about a green advocacy community online and info on how to learn more about it. It’s something the director is involved in. All I have to say about that little infusion into the film was that I’m glad it didn’t directly affect or skew the interviews and content of the film as a whole.

    1. Thank you for your feedback, Agostino.
      For the infusion you mentioned – that’s why it only comes at the end, so it doesn’t interfere with the interviews.

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A film about the world of software