by Gabriel Valdez
What’s that up top? That’s the color palette of Inception as the movie progresses. It’s from a recent Wired article about applying data analysis to look at the evolution of film.
We live in an age of data, and while we have yet to get a handle on this in so many aspects of our daily lives, we have also pioneered new ways of looking at the intersection of science and art.
Greg Miller at Wired just wrote an article in which he consults psychologist James Cutting about the changing values in our films. He talks about the evolution of quicker editing, our tolerances for motion in a shot, and how films have become darker over the years. What makes this article different is that Cutting fields the supporting data that shows how these evolutions are shaped, while also putting these various factors into psychological context.
A shout-out to An Historian Goes to the Movies, as well, who tipped me off to the article.