Cinema Redux - The Big Lebowski Edition

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    Inspired by Cinema Redux, I used Thumber to output this lovely fingerprint of my The Big Lebowski — which just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite movies.

    There's a much larger version of this — around 7680 x 14976 and 25 MB — that I'm considering making a 24 x 36 poster out of. After getting linked on BoingBoing, I'm investigating getting this turned into a poster. If anyone has any advice on doing this, feel free to contact me.

    P.S. Yes, the aspect ratio on the frames is slightly jacked up. That's Thumber's doing, not mine. If I could have kept it at the proper ratio, I seriously would have. Also, some people around the internets seem to think this image consists of every frame of the film. It's actually a frame grab every second — which actually sort of ties the move together if you ask me...

    Update: I'm actually doing what I can to fix the aspect ratio right this second. A commenter on BoingBoing mentioned an updated version of Brendan Dawes' script that required a tweak or two to get running under the current version of Processing. Hopefully in a few hours, I'll have something a little nicer to work with.

    Update, Part Deux: The Processing script didn't work as well as I'd hoped, so I went back to an updated version of Thumber that preserved aspect ratios. Its output can be found here.

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    1. Skin.Bintin 82 months ago | reply

      I agree with the above poster about it being copyright right infringement... but who cares? It's great! And good luck getting those posters made :)

      Excellent :P

    2. bionictechnophobe 82 months ago | reply

      I was also inspired by Brendan Dawes' work, but found that downsampling each frame to it's average color was more interesting. I used the movie Koyaanisqatsi for its many time lapse sequences. Since every frame is sampled, rather then every 24th frame or so, long scenes are identified by smooth gradients in the color. As a bonus, the sketch is exported as a resolution independent PDF file and can be output quite large.

      Koyaanisqatsi Movie Poster

      Regarding copyright issues...only one pixel is used to represent each frame...and it's it might never exist in the original copyrighted work. Can a single pixel be copyrighted (or be considered obscene?)

    3. Kominyetska 82 months ago | reply

      The problem I have with this is that it's not just 1 image. It's many images in 1 frame. I disagree with the original and can't say anything better for this one. It isn't even visually appealing to me. If there were a pattern or a "big picture" maybe I could get into it.

      And usermilk has a good point.

    4. sandofsky 82 months ago | reply

      I'm pretty sure the link to thumber is wrong, since I wrote an app called thumber that does exactly this and the aspect ratio thing is from using an older build.

      The latest build it up on the thumber site, and there's a checkbox if you want to leave it "square" ratio.

    5. esquareda 82 months ago | reply

      I like your style dude.

    6. René Wetzig 82 months ago | reply

      That's an excellent idea!

      But, you know how it goes:


    7. Carosaurus 82 months ago | reply

      I'd totally buy a poster of that, sir. Well done.

      Mark it 8.

    8. corpse of taloy 82 months ago | reply


      The dude would abide...

    9. boogah 82 months ago | reply

      Whoops! The link to Thumber was wrong. That's been fixed now tho. Thanks sandofsky!

      As Processing seems to keep barfing halfway thru, I'm using the new version of Thumber to do this with the correct aspect ratio. I really want to bring the best posters I can to the people who want them. I'll keep everyone interested up to date!

    10. sandofsky 82 months ago | reply

      Let me know if you run into any problems with the software, or any suggestions. Good luck!

    11. charleydeppner 82 months ago | reply

      You should have the image made into a photo blanket that you could use as a rug. It would really tie the room together.

    12. Karl Gunnarsson 82 months ago | reply

      It's... full of stars.

    13. diceliving76 aka Gareth [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A to Z and all things flickr, and we'd love to have this added to the group!


    14. Tableteer 82 months ago | reply

      This would look really cool in Sivlerlight's DeepZoom

    15. Cooriander 82 months ago | reply

      Wow interesting idea.

    16. Alexander Kemble 82 months ago | reply

      Achievers unite!

    17. les_boulez 82 months ago | reply

      you, my friend are an achiever!

    18. Τ 82 months ago | reply

      Both concept and realisation are awesome.

      That's what I call a movie poster! ;o)

    19. tonythesuperperson 82 months ago | reply

      I would love a poster of this.

      Or a rug.

    20. ying22a 72 months ago | reply

      Mind if I do a jay?

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