With the commission’s final report being 382 pages in length, the challenge of the site was to present the essentials of the report’s findings in a way that would be accessible to the general public. The site needed to convey the series of events and decisions leading up to the spill and the consequences following after.
The guide contains:
- a cinematic overview
- an interactive timeline
- a detailed timeline leading up to the well blowout
- a section looking at the effectiveness of the response to the spill
- a section examining the spill’s impact on the surrounding region and environment
- a section offering recommendations for the future
- a resource guide
The site was developed at the same time as the report was written so MediaStorm had to work closely with commission staff to establish the structure and presentation strategies for the site.
For the video portion of the site, MediaStorm was charged with creating a six to ten minute project that described the causes of the Deepwater Horizon spill, its immediate aftermath, and long term fallout.
MediaStorm was also hired to conduct many of the interviews with committee members and their scientific support team.
The MediaStorm team faced several challenges when producing the video overview. Specifically, the Oil Spill Commission required that the project speak to a general, non-scientific audience; yet many of the interview subjects were highly-skilled with specialized knowledge of the incident.
Secondly, with close to a dozen interviews ranging in length from 15 minutes to close to an hour, there was a plethora of material to distill for the final project.
Finally, finding images to illustrate the many complex and abstract ideas presented in the piece proved formidable.