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several free software applications that create so-called Cinema Redux photos that distill a whole film down to 1 single image. in practice, snapshots are taken from a movie at 1-second intervals & stitched together as 8x6 pixel frames into 1 single image.

[link: brendandawes.com (Processing) & threewordtitle.com (for Mac OS X)]

see also:
. film frame motion analysis
. long video games exposures
. film dialog particles
. fight club narrative in Lego





Some time ago I created some similiar visualisations, though using averages of the frames, without any skipping.

Have a look: here. There will be some more coming soon, my scripts generated 3.4GBytes of output for my movie library, I'll have to compress this a little ;)

Tue 08 Jul 2008 at 3:21 AM

I think that the artist Jason Salavon did this first... He has a piece called "The Top Grossing Film of All Time 1x1" (Titanic), which uses this technique. I've never seen the piece in real life, but figured I'd point interested readers to his work as well.

Tue 08 Jul 2008 at 5:59 AM

ah, and I just remember a piece by a Japanese artist, where a camera was placed at a fixed position (in a subway station or filming a waving flag), and the center column of every frame was extracted and aligned next to each other. Fun thing about this was, that you could see the velocity of objects by their width.

Tue 08 Jul 2008 at 9:17 AM

what are your takeaways from this type of visualization? On one hand I like being able to pinpoint scenes in a movie from this, based on color clusters ... I guess as a jumping point to further investigation it's nice

Tue 08 Jul 2008 at 3:09 PM

It would interesting to try to figure out the movie genre just based on this info. Could we distinguish comedy from thriller, or film noir from romance?

That last image looks like the Matrix to me just cause it's so dark and has lots of terminal green =)

Sat 12 Jul 2008 at 3:58 AM
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