Cinemetrics by Frederic Brodbeck 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.

Not only is all this very interesting, it’s also pretty stunning.

Since motion pictures are a time-based medium, they can only be seen one image at a time – only as a fraction, never as a whole – that’s why it’s hard to capture and display them in their entireness. Taking this as a challange, the goals Frederic set for this project were the following:

  • Measuring and visualizing movie data to reveal the characteristics of movies and to create some sort of unique “fingerprint” for them.
  • Extracting and analyzing information – such as the editing structure, use of colors, speech or motion – and transform them into graphic representations, so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily be interpreted or compared.
  • Working experimentally and presenting the work both in print and digital media.

This is especially interesting when putting two or more movies side by side and to be able to immediately see the similarities and / or differences like original vs. remake, movies of the same genre / series, different epochs of film-making or all movies by one director.


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