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Moviebarcodes Showcases Entire Movies as Frame-based Barcodes

If you’ve ever wanted a chance to look at at an entire movie in a single glance, here’s your chance. Moviebarcodes shares mock-barcodes generated by turning each frame of a movie into a thin stripe, offering a glimpse into the color choices and shot lengths in popular movies.

The barcode seen above was generated from The Matrix; you can see where the green indicates scenes that were shot inside the matrix and thus given a subtle green tint. In the barcode below, generated from the movie Pleasantville you can see the transition in the movie between the color and black and white scenes. In the case of Pleasantville, elements of the black and white world turning to color represent pivotal moments in the plot development which are now neatly mapped out below:

Check out the hundreds of barcodes at the link below; you can even order prints of your favorite movies. Find a great rendering in the mix? Share a link in the comments below.

Moviebarcodes [via Cool Inforgraphics]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/16/11

Comments (7)

  1. The Dude


  2. dcj2

    inexplicably cool. seems to have interesting implications, but i’m not sure what they would be. if each line of the code is a frame of the film, might one theoretically squish the height and/or stretch the length to recover the original film?

  3. Hatryst

    Finally, I don’t need to waste my time watching full length movies… A picture is worth a thousand words !!

  4. Chronno S. Trigger

    You really get the painted feeling from the Pinocchio and Dumbo ones.

    That’s freaking awesome.

  5. Gus

    Am I the only person who thinks this is unbelievably pointless?

  6. Brian

    I agree, Gus, although I have to admit that I looked at it for a minute. I guess I found it mildly interesting. But yes, it certainly seems pointless to even bother creating these images.

  7. Joel

    The Wizard of Oz

    this particular barcode shows a basic timeline of the plot:
    Sepia-tone Kansas
    Colors of Oz
    Yellow brick road
    Emerald City
    Dark Forest/Witch’s castle
    Back to Emerald City
    Sepia conclusion

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