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This article was published on August 23, 2014

The Colors of Motion is an interactive visualization of movie color

The Colors of Motion is an interactive visualization of movie color
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

The Colors of Motion is a beautiful, interactive experiment that looks at the use of colors in movies, showing them off in a way that you’d usually never see.

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The Matrix in color

Built by interaction designer Charlie Clark, the site uses a bash script to analyse movies frame by frame in order to get an average of their color, then presents them on the website sorted by time.

You can to explore how color changes during the course of a film by scrolling down and can click on each color to get a frame where the analysis was performed as well as the hex code for the color.

Unsurprisingly, Frozen is predominantly an icy blue most of the time, The Matrix is green/black and Avatar is…. blue.

 The Colors of Motion