August 10, 2011

'Cinemetrics' Creates Intriguing Motion Graphs of Entire Feature Films

I love analytics, so it should no surprise that I find this project intriguing. Cinemetrics, a graduate project at the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) by Frederic Brodbeck, captures an entire feature film and displays it as a moving, circular graph. Frederic describes the project as "an experiment to find out if the data that is inherent in the movie can be used to make something visible that otherwise would remain unnoticed," and I find that to be the case. One observation: Steven Soderbergh's remake of Tarkovsky's Solaris is the rare remake that has less motion than the original. Here's a video of Cinemetrics in action:

cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual "fingerprint" for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into graphic representations so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily interpreted or compared side by side.

Frederick has also created some very cool posters which he's sort of selling (email him for more info) on his site:

The majority of the code is also freely available.

Link: Cinemetrics

[via FilmmakerIQ]

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When I saw porn, it got me laughing like the chart was banging inside lol.

August 10, 2011 at 2:30PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Don F.

Interesting. I take it you can't access and analyze/compare films yourself, this is just representing some of the work he did?

August 10, 2011 at 2:37PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ryan Farnes

Correct, sorry if I didn't make that clear.

August 11, 2011 at 1:20PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ryan Koo
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W8 until hollywood producers get a hold of this. Theyll analyze every successful blockbuster and then start making stuff by formula.

August 10, 2011 at 6:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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ceptor

START...?

August 12, 2011 at 12:49PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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ralf

Well, it's not like they're not hugely formulaic already.

August 10, 2011 at 9:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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El Presidente

indeed.

August 12, 2011 at 12:51PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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ralf

@Ryan Farnes: You can download the source code and start to analyse films yourself. As far as I can tell now the main analysis code is there but the interactive interface you see in the video is missing. I could be wrong though, haven't had enough time yet to go through everything. It's not really documented so you need to know at least a little bit of python to get everything up and running, but if you do it's pretty straight forward.

August 11, 2011 at 5:52AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Cool. I've dabbled in Javascript, VB, etc...so we'll see if I can figure it out. Never touched Python though.

August 11, 2011 at 10:14AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ryan Farnes

FUTURA EXTRA BOLD CONDENSED!!! Both Kubrick AND Anderson's favorite font

August 12, 2011 at 9:39PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Alexander Miller

This is great cause it might be a new way to explore various items on a new interactive navigation way too find the style of movie you are looking for!
since "comedy-action" is still a bit loose to really find what your looking for....
you know....

August 22, 2011 at 4:27AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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