Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

I work at StormFrog, a full-service digital partner made up of a group of overachieving, pixel pushing, interactive hyperactivists with mad skills.

Out of the blue, the production company responsible for the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, contacted us; hoping we’d be able to pull off a world-class web project in record time. In mere days we designed and architect-ed a fully-functional web solution that far exceeded all expectations.

It was all for a great cause. The website was a gift to the Walker family in Springfield, Massachusetts, who have first-hand experience with the devastating effects of bullying. They’ve been chosen to have their home demolished and rebuilt, in Extreme Makeover fashion. More importantly than the incredible new home and website, this initiative (and labor of generous love by many) is all about new beginnings. It’s a tangible expression of what’s possible through the human spirit when we care enough about one another… enough to act. We at StormFrog were thrilled to be a part of this incredible gift to the Walker family and to develop a website that will help raise awareness and inspire millions to take a stand against bullying.

Last Sunday, StormFrog chartered a bus to Springfield to support the cause, in-person, and be there at the filming of the reveal of the new home to the Walkers.

It was a great experience to be at the show’s filming, to meet lots of people, get a tour of the new home, watch the designers and technical crew interview and film – leading up to the climax of the “Move that bus!” moment where all was revealed to the Walkers and crowd went wild.

All photos below are by StormFrog developer, Tatjana Loepker.

Police control the scene as crew finishes up the new home.

Police control the scene as crew finishes up the new home.

Sea of blue shirted volunteers with neighborhood crowd.

Sea of blue shirted volunteers with neighborhood crowd.

Show host, Ty Pennington, talking with volunteers.

Show host, Ty Pennington, talking with volunteers.

Springfield Fire Department, cleaning off the streets before filming.

Springfield Fire Department, cleaning off the streets before filming.

The famous, EMHE bus rolls up.

The famous, EMHE bus rolls up.

Ty, making final arrangements with production team.

Ty, making final arrangements with production team.

Several takes for dramatic panning footage of cheering crowd.

Several takes for dramatic panning footage of cheering crowd.

Design team about to present new home to family.

Design team about to present new home to family.

Emotion ensues.

Emotion ensues.

Laughter to lift this intense moment.

Laughter to lift this intense moment.

Designers, proud of their accomplishment. Thankful for the opp.

Designers, proud of their accomplishment. Thankful for the opp.

Production Director with StormFrog President, explaining things to us.

Production Director with StormFrog President, explaining things to us.

Furniture going in and out of the house, up till the last minute.

Furniture going in and out of the house, up till the last minute.

Designer, Michael Moloney, talking with volunteers and contractors.

Designer, Michael Moloney, talking with volunteers and contractors.

Enthusiastic crowd, "Standing Together".

Enthusiastic crowd, “Standing Together”.

Designer, John Littlefield, chatting with neighbors and vendors.

Designer, John Littlefield, chatting with neighbors and vendors.

Production DP, checking settings on 30' boom/crane cam.

Production DP, checking settings on 30′ boom/crane cam.

Walker family rolls up in stretch Lincoln limo.

Walker family rolls up in stretch Lincoln limo.

Walkers rejoice!

Walkers rejoice!

Ty points out some architectural features.

Ty points out some architectural features.

Sincere wishes and gratitude.

Sincere wishes and gratitude.