first_imgYou don’t have to be a movie buff to appreciate the awesomeness of Cinemetrics. The thesis project of graphic designer and coder Frederic Brodbeck, Cinemetrics creates a visual representation of a film, resulting in a sort of “fingerprint” of a movie.Brodbeck, a student of the Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag, analyzed movie information including the editing structure, speech, motion, and colors, and wrapped it all up in a nice, visually-aesthetic graphic.Sure there are tons of infographics about movies, but most focus on things like how much the films grossed in the box office, or relationships between characters. However, Brodbeck decided to take a step back and look at the various parts of the movie to create his interactive Cinemetrics graphics. Brodbeck’s goal was to measure and visualize movie data, revealing the film’s characteristics so that movies could be seen as a whole and could be easily interpreted side by side.The thesis project focuses on generative and computational design and the role that writing code can play in new approaches to graphic design. Brodbeck had to extract, process, and visualize all of the data from each movie, which is something you can’t do by hand. He built custom software for every step of the process, including disassembling the video files into their components: video, audio, subtitles, and so on; and processing them into shot detection, average shot length, motion measuring, and color palettes.Once he had all the necessary data, he was able to compile it into the circular graphic, which resembles a pie chart. It looks nice on its own, but each pie chart signifies many things about the movie. For example, one segment of the circle represents the length of 10 shots in the movie, and the size represents how long the movie is. The larger the circle, the longer the movie.As for the color palettes, there’s one for the entire movie and one for each chapter. In order to quantify the colors in the movie, Brodbeck used a clustering algorithm to reduce each frame to five distinct colors.In the video below, you’ll notice that some of the segments move more than others. The motion indicates the amount of movement in the movie at that time. If you’re curious what part of the movie has the segment moving so quickly, you can click on the chart to see the particular frame of the movie.The single graphic is interesting enough in itself, but even more interesting is when you compare two or more side by side. Looking at the original vs. the remake can sometimes show very drastic differences between the two. For example, the original 1972 Solaris is longer, not as dark, and has more movement than the 2002 remake.Comparing all the Wes Anderson movies allows us to see that Anderson uses a very similar color palette for all of his films. Besides The Life Aquatic, which has a great deal of scenes shot in the ocean, most of the color schemes range in browns, oranges, and reds.As Brodbeck mentions on his website, Cinemetrics isn’t just for film nerds, but can actually benefit normal people who are looking for a different way to choose a movie. For example, if they don’t want to see anything super dark, they can make sure to find a lighter-colored graph.Check out the video below to see Cinemetrics in action.Read more at Cinemetrics, via Wiredlast_img read more