Get Inspired: Movie Frames Condensed Into Movie “Barcodes”

Check out this ingenious concept: MOVIEBARCODE takes every frame from feature films and condenses them into a single image or “bar code,” creating a unique piece that reflects the overall mood and aesthetic of the movie through color. Kind of strange, right? That’s what I thought, but after looking through some examples from my favorite films (like Pulp Fiction, below), it’s interesting to see how these movie bar codes capture key plot points through color, and it becomes evident that cinematographers must consider color as a fundamental necessity for a successful film. Check out the examples below, and explore the site to find your favorite films’ bar codes (there are 97 listed so far). Click here for more.

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Above: (Pulp Fiction, 1994)


Above: (Black Swan, 2010)


Above: (Fight Club, 1999)


Above: (Bambi, 1942)


Above: (Gone With The Wind, 1939)



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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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