Looking for a way to spruce up the décor of your home theater room without relying on those traditional standbys of movie posters, popcorn makers, or the usual memorabilia? Try thinking outside the box a little with these abstract “Movie Bar Code” art prints that each contain an entire movie compressed to be visible in one single glance.
How does it work? The artist takes every frame of a movie, compresses and stretches them into strips, and lines them up into these colorful bar code designs. Any given movie could be around 180,000 frames, give or take. While the patterns they form are not particularly recognizable, the bar codes do provide an interesting overview of the movies’ color palettes.
Take a look at all the greens and blacks in ‘The Matrix’:
The bar code for the original ‘Tron’ very clearly shows off the different sections of the film’s story. The early parts set in the real world are dominated by browns and grays, while those in the virtual computer world shift primarily to blue.
Maybe you prefer something in black & white? Here’s ‘Raging Bull’:
That explosion of candy colors in the banner image for this post? That’s ‘Speed Racer’. (I picked that specially for Dick.)
The Movie Bar Code blog on Tumblr has dozens more, including classics like ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, and ‘Apocalypse Now’. Not all of the designs are available for sale yet, but a handful can be purchased using the “Prints” link at the top of the page.
[via Apartment Therapy. Thanks to Mrs. Z for the tip.]