Thursday, January 15, 2015


The blog MovieBarCode compresses the colors of an entire film into a single line.

At a glance, you can see how the film travels from one color to another as it moves from scene to scene. Animated films are especially deliberate about color scripting. The Disney animated film Aladdin has a lot of red and purple

Pixar's Finding Nemo alternates highly saturated colors with neutrals. There are three blue open-ocean sequences in the middle section of the film, framed by very dark passages.

Blue Sky's Ice Age varies in saturation, hue, and value from sequence to sequence.

MovieBarCode on Tumblr  (You can search a particular film in the alphabetical index)
MovieBarCode Generator 
More examples on CartoonBrew
Previously Color Scripting


Michael Dooney said...

Here is a similar thing that you would probably a jpg of a favorite painting in photoshop and make a index color palette of the colors. Here is a step by step.
This is a simple and easy way to get an instant palette from a painting or photo you like.

James Gurney said...

Thanks, Michael. Fascinating stuff.

Rich said...

...would make a great curtain for opening the respective show.

krystal said...

This is awesome and coincidental; my dad is teaching himself SQL and learning how to make barcodes and use barcode generators, etc. He's in his sixties but amazing; really has done all sorts of really visionary stuff in his lifetime, that people in places he's worked are now beginning to utilize.

krystal said...

I'm also taking a bunch of data mining courses myself this year. I find that stuff fascinating. You can do all sorts of cool stuff with bigdata!