Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Here’s something that could just be a footnote in the story of how technology helps us view movies differently, but it is a neat little footnote. MovieBarcode is a Tumblr that presents films reduced to pure color. Each ‘barcode’ on the site features every frame of a given film vertically stretched and then assembled into something that looks like a barcode. The result is like a graph that charts the use of color in any given movie. That’s The Matrix above; see a few more after the break.
Note: there is no actual data encoded within these graphics. Yes, I tried a barcode scanner on a few. I’d love to see someone figure out how to add more specific info, but as is this is a weird, oblique way to look at part of a film’s visual style in one broad overview. It is like being able to go down to a paint store and grab a card of paint chips representing some of your favorite movies.