No other way to say it, this is friggin sweet. Graphic designer Frederic Brodbeck has developed a visual system that breaks down any film into color and motion to give every film its own unique signature. Brodbeck analyzes the editing structure, color, speech and motion of movies, then transforms them into graphic representations that can be compared side by side.
Each movie is processed frame by frame, then broken down into ten shots “chapters.” Each chapter is then broken down into a color scheme and movement for how much motion is happening on the screen at that given time.
Most films’ in the examples on Bordbeck’s web site are all dark and look very similar. But then contrast them to Wes Anderson’s film’s “fingerprints;” they are much more vivid… and brown. It’s fascinating but not all that surprising when you see each film’s breakdown. Each one I look at I think, “Well yeah, that makes sense!” (look at Top Gun above). In the video below, look at the difference in motion between Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Cameron’s Aliens. It’s obvious, but fascinating to basically be able to see both films in their entirety, side by side.
The dude sells posters and other media of any movie you want made up (or some that are already done). I SOOO want The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (pictured above) hanging in my theater.