What better way of representing our class theme than to create my first Visual Assignment of a barcode that consists of snapshots from the movie Casino Royale (2006) with Secret Agent James Bond? I decided to go with this Visual Assignment because it seemed interesting to me, and could communicate the meanings behind a movie through an abstract visual representation.
The Work Itself:
The above image is a barcode compiled of 897 screencasts of the Casino Royale movie downloaded from the Screenmusings website. The barcodes are in chronological order, and as you can see, the movie starts off in black and white. Pretty cool, huh?
The Story Behind the Story:
So, what thinking is behind this barcode?
I chose to do this assignment because I thought it would be a good representation of a movie in one picture, and what better way to display our classes’ secret agent theme than to squish an action film into a single frame? I also think movie barcodes are interesting in that anyone can interpret their own meaning of it. To me, when I look at this, I can see how this barcode would be an action movie. The areas where there are a lot of colors show that there could be a intense scene with a sequence of events happening. Also, the small areas of red are intriguing to me, and I wonder what those scenes were like.
The context of this barcode would have to be the plot of the movie. Agent 007 goes on his first mission, and ends up playing a detrimental poker game in order to defeat a banker to world terrorism. But what can other bystanders of this barcode make of it, or what story does it tell if they don’t know the context? Lots of movies actually set a color scheme, and color is important in setting the mood according to an article by someone critiquing barcodes from the movie Bambi. So what do these colors portray? For example, black and white in modern films is usually used to focus the attention on an important scene, or is used for flashbacks. Lighter colors can also show that it is daytime and set a happier tone, while darker colors can portray that it is nighttime and set a more depressing tone.
To society, this use of movie barcodes can show a new way of seeing a filmmaker’s vision through the important use of color and what the signify. Other media seem to be big fans of this way of telling stories by visual representation. For example, I have seen websites, tumblr accounts, and even twitter posts of these interesting barcodes.
In order to download the plethora of screencasts, I had to first get the Image Downloader plugin for google chrome. This helps you download a ton of items with a click of a button from any website. After I obtained the pictures, I used Zach Whalen’s website, which made creating this masterpiece pretty easy.
Overall, this was an enjoyable Visual Assignment. It was interesting to learn that there are so many ways to think abstractly about topics, and in this case movies. Just simply squishing screencasts together into on frame can mean a lot more than it seems.