Cast Affair is a private and secure website that enables interactions between the world’s most prestigious agencies and the vast potential talent seeking opportunities in the fashion and entertainment industries in 20 major markets globally.

  • Social Networking features like Staus Updates, "Like" Comments, Add Friends

  • Subscription based recurring payment model

  • Upload pictures in multiple portfolios, crop and manage images online

  • Browse and Search for Talent and Agencies; assisted by user-friendly slider functionality

  • Multi-language support for English, Italian and Portuguese, including for Newsletters and Notifications

Built on Drupal, Cast Affair offers an interactive platform to provide industry professionals with a highly efficient tool for scouting top talent worldwide. The site offers several social engagement tools to models looking to showcase their talent, and network with other registered members.

Key Features of the Website 


Talent Profile page

  • An “About Me” section enabling models to write briefly about themselves

  • Comments: Registered users in the website can leave comments which are visible in the Comments tab; some details such as photograph of the commenter are available alongwith the comment

  • All “my friends” are visible in a photo listing format with in the Friends tab

  • Several parameters such as Height, Weight, Age, Bust, and several other model profile parameters entered along with the profile

  • A preview of the various types of Porfolio, such as Glamour, Fitness, Runaway, Swimwear, Fashion and an Editorial pick, is available in the profile page as well 

  • The model on the profile could be contacted using an internal messaging system

 

Cropping Photos online

While creating a portfolio, this feature, allows any Talent (Model/Hair Stylist/others) to crop the uploaded images real-time (on the website) before publishing the same in their respective portfolio

Status Updates and Social Engagements

 

The website has a whole range of social networking features such as:

  • Facebook like Status updates

  • Add Friends – Any member can send “Add as Friend” requests to other registered members on this website

  • Share Photos among the friends' network

  • Registered members can “Like” photos just like Facebook

  • Board - pulls friend's activities, in a manner similar to Facebook's News Feed

Portfolio Management

  • Different Casting Types such as Models, Hair Dressers, have a different set of pre-defined portfolios. For example for Models the pre-defined portfolios are Glamour, Fitness, Runaway, Swimwear, Fashion and Editorial

  • Based on the Membership type, and the Casting Type, there are different rules applicable such as how many pictures can be uploaded, etc.

Talent Searches

  • Registered members on the portal can search for talent based on a range of profile parameters, Location (with a location based search within a certain radius), etc.

  • One key feature in this model search is the highly user-friendly Javascript sliders to define search criteria, and further filter the results  

Image Galleries

Image galleries are available for registered users to search through Portfolio of the models, based on the Casting Type of the Member. For instance a Model has a portfolio genre (Editorial, Fashion, Swimwear, etc.) which is different from that of a Hair Dresser

Agency Search

  • Agencies are registered and Agency members added as members on the website

  • Talent can search for Agencies registered on the website using an “Agency Search” feature, based on the Country and City

  • Anonymous users can also search, although with limited access

Paid Memberships

  • The website has a Free and Paid membership model which determines various rules for various types of members (Casting Type - Models, Hair Dresser, etc.) such as how many images can be uploaded, etc.

  • There is payment associated with each such membership

  • Payments follow a recurring model

Multi-Lingual Support

  •  The website is available in 20 countries and in 3 languages – English, Spanish and Italian

  • The website even has support of sending newsletter emails in multiple languages

Multilingual support in email

  • The website enables previewing and sending email newsletters in Spanish and Italian languages as well

  • The key feature is that Editorial Notification from the website can be sent out to the Members in the language of the choice specified in their respective profiles

  • These email Notifications can be further switched On/Off by the registered member

Events

  •  As most social websites, Events forms an important part of this website as well.

  • There is a facility to see all upcoming events as well as all past events

Notifications

Editors have a way to send bulk notifications to all registered members or to selected profile (Models/Photographers)

Key Modules Used

There are 27 contributed modules we have used; and have customised 3 of these modules.

Contributed Modules

The most notable modules used for this website are:

  • Node limit : To restrict the number of content uploads per role

  • Conditional Fields : To hide & show fields based on roles - casting type

  • Previewable Email Template (PET) : We used this module to to create email templates which could be previewed before sending out emails to the users of this website

  • Facebook Status : Used for Status functionality & integrated within Heartbeat module 

  • Heartbeat : Used for facebook like Wall & Feed functionality

  • Flag : Specifically for "Like" functionality

  • Node Images : Used for creating Image galleries

  • Imagecache Javascript Crop : To enable "cropping" of uploaded images, before storing them in the various portfolios in the model's profile

  • Money Scripts : the website required recurring payments along with different Membership offers such as Free, Silver, and Gold (coming soon), and Ubercart did not offer any clean solution for this feature. This 3rd party paid module has been used to achieve this requirement

  • I18n : For multilingual content on the website; Cast Affair is built in English, Spanish and Italian

  • Panels : All pages, blocks of the website have been implemented usng Panels

  • Rules : Used extensively for all kinds of rules across the site such as the ones that kick-in at completion of the Registration process, for Notifications, etc.

  • User relationships : To build out a "friend network"

  • Views Bulk Operation and Views Send : One of the website requirement was to send custom notifications to the selected user. For this Views Bulk Operation and Views Send were great modules that simplified our work. Views Bulk Operation allows a user to expose custom fields in Views and provides a filter form for those fields. Then using Views Send, we send notifications to the selected users.

  • MultiStep : To split registration form into a multi-step process

  • Javascript libraries for Slider : http://www.jquerylabs.com/selecttouislider-plugin.html - a JavaScript slider plugin

  • Themes : AdaptiveTheme is the parent theme, while Rubik is the admin theme used for the website

Major Challenges

Social Networking Features

The website required Facebook like Wall and Status functionality, integrated with "Like" functionality on Status Updates and Comments on Status Updates as well. For this we used Heartbeat and Flag modules respectively. However, Heartbeat module does NOT provide a "Like" button on Comments (at the time we used the module). Therefore, we extended “Flag" module to show "Like" button on the Heartbeat module based Comment.

Multi-Language Newsletters

Being a multi-lingual website, it was important to send Newsletters out the registered Talent and Agencies in the language of their choice. We used the Previewable Email Template to do this job. However, this module does NOT provide support for multiple languages. Therefore, we wrote a wrapper on top of PET to ensure emails could be sent out in multiple languages. We wrote this in a way that if an email template for a particular language was not available then it would send the mail in the default language.

Why Drupal

The key reasons for us choosing Drupal in this project were:

  • The Cast Affair site had a lot of social networking features such as integration Facebook like "Wall", "Like" and "Status Updates", apart from "Follow Friends"; these features come built-in into the contributed modules with Drupal

  • Multilingual features: Drupal's internationalisation capability made it the ideal choice for building this site in English, Italian, and Spansih, and allow for adoption of more languages to be added in the future - as is intended by the client during their worldwide outreach phases

  • Talent from around the world is expected to manage content on their own, specifically all their images, including cropping images on-the-fly to create a suitable portfolio. Drupal allows this control to be handed over these Models/Hair Dressers/others in their own hands.

Project Team

The project team consisted of:

  • One CSS designer
  • Two Drupal developer
  • One Project Manager

The project was completed within 3 months from commencement.

Success Story of Partnerships

The design and development of this website has been a success-story in collaboration between Mogul PR who designed the website, Glick Interactive who were the project management partners, and its technology partners – Srijan Technologies the leading Drupal development company located in India. The site is hosted at Colocube.

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