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Maps of the movies and their characters

Andrew DeGraff painted maps that show the geography in movies and their characters’ paths. Above is the map for Back to the Future, with 1985 Hill Valley on the top and 1955 Hill Valley on the bottom. There’s also a book version. [via kottke] Tags: Back to the Future, fiction, movies

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Names in movies vs. real life

Here’s a fun spin on the name analysis genre by Mary Zam. She compared the distribution of names used in movies against names used in real life: Thousands of babies are called Sophia or Abigail, Mason or Dylan every year. But writers do not rush to call the main characters with such names. According to the statistic, almost all of the top names are much less common in the film...

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Franchise Box Office

There's big money in wizarding worlds, galaxies far away, and various time-shifted universes. Let's take a stroll through the billions of dollars earned by franchises over the years. Read More

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Release strategies for Oscar-nominated films

Evie Liu and William Davis, reporting MarketWatch, looked at release strategies of Oscar nominees over the past few years. Some go for the wide release with the movie playing in over 1,500 theaters, whereas others choose a platform release with the movie playing in fewer than 50 theaters. The last seven of eight Best Picture winners went with the latter route. Tags: movies, Oscars

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Visualizing nonlinear stories

Many stories don’t follow a linear format. There are flashbacks, or multiple timelines run simultaneously. Story Curves is a research project that tries to visualize the back and forth. Story curves visualize the nonlinear narrative of a movie by showing the order in which events are told in the movie and comparing them to their actual chronological order, resulting in possibly meandering visual patterns in the curve. The main part...

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Christmas Charts

It’s been quite the year of randomness and things we never would have imagined at any other time before they occurred. So in the spirit of this year, here’s A Christmas Story for you. I put it in the form of charts, because that’s the only way I know how to communicate. (It’s a problem, I know. I’m working on it. I mean come on, cut me some slack. It’s...

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Computed screen time for men and women

In a collaborative effort, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media computed screen time for men and women algorithmically, in contrast to the more crude measurement of script lines. Key findings: Male characters received two times the amount of screen time as female characters in 2015 (28.5% compared to 16.0%). When a film has a male lead, this gender gap is even wider, with male characters appearing on screen...

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Gender equality in the movies, a screenplay analysis

Hollywood has been talking gender equality in the movies more than usual lately, so Hanah Andersen and Matt Daniels for Polygraph looked into the matter from a data perspective. We didn’t set out trying to prove anything, but rather compile real data. We framed it as a census rather than a study. So we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there,...

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Impact of Best Picture Oscar nomination on profit

I think the general assumption is that getting an Oscar nomination for Best Picture has a direct effect on profits. Krisztina Szucs put together a straightforward interactive that shows this isn't typically the case. Each bar represents a percentage of profit for a film. Roll over a bar, and you see three highlighted ones. The first represents the percentage of profit before a nomination, the second represents percentage of profit...

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Analysis of Love Actually

Forget about Shakespeare. Let's look at a real classic: Love Actually. Somehow I made it through the entire holiday season without watching the movie, as someone in my household who is not me really likes it. I'm more of a It's a Wonderful Life guy. Anyways, David Robinson, a data scientist at Stack Overflow, did a quick analysis of character appearances in Love Actually. The chart above shows how characters...

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