Too often, the depth and intricacies of a film’s production design can be overlooked. Combine design with directing and editing approaches, and you get color palette, movement, energy. And thanks to German visual communication artist, Frederic Brodbeck, it can all be displayed in a single dynamic sphere. The folks at Miramax turned us on to Brodbeck’s ingenious application that analyzes the complete visual presentation of a film, parses it as data, and creates a film’s “fingerprint”. It’s called Cinemetrics.
This video explains. While it’s interesting to see how different sections of a film may differ — for instance, the stasis that occurs about 2/3 of the way through The Shining — comparing movies provides the real fascination. Compared to Tarkovsky’s Solyaris, Soderbergh’s version is a still photograph. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is quiet and focused; Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums is full of kinetic energy. Whether you’re an aficionado of film production, a hipster graphic designer, or a data dork, you gotta check this out.