Movie Bar Code Artwork

Movie Bar Code Artwork

Abby Stone
Mar 8, 2011

Living in Hollywood, I'm always interested in the intersection of movies and design. These prints, which seem at first to just be beautiful, calm and muted abstracts (and which bear more than a passing resemblance to the work of the painter Karl Benjamin, one of the four Abstract Classicists) are actually created from movies.

The thin narrow slices are not lines of color, but movie frames which have been compressed and stretched. Each print consists of an entire movie, all approximately 180,000 frames, in a single glance.

From left to right:


  • Bambi
  • Gone With The Wind (the wide frame in the center is the intermission)
  • Scarface
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Vertigo

If you know the movies, it's interesting to note how their color palettes pop. The blue sky that informs so much of Bambi, the deep magentas of Gone With The Wind, the disco purples of Scarface, the muddy browns and greens of Slumdog Millionaire, the mauves and clays of Vertigo. To see more movies, maybe even your favorite, and to purchase the prints, see Movie Bar Code. I like the idea of using them to determine a palette for your home!

Images: Movie Bar Code

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