Cinema Redux - The Big Lebowski Edition

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.


  • Cameron Hodgson 7y

    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
  • bionictechnophobe PRO 7y

    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?)
  • Kominyetska 7y

    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.
  • Ben Sandofsky 7y

    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.
  • Eric E. Anderson 7y

    I like your style dude.
  • René Wetzig 7y

    That's an excellent idea!

    But, you know how it goes:

  • Carosaurus 7y

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

    Mark it 8.
  • Jason Erickson 7y


    The dude would abide...
  • Jason Cosper 7y

    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!
  • Ben Sandofsky 7y

    Let me know if you run into any problems with the software, or any suggestions. Good luck!
  • charleydeppner 7y

    You should have the image made into a photo blanket that you could use as a rug. It would really tie the room together.
  • Karl Gunnarsson PRO 7y

    It's... full of stars.
  • diceliving76 aka Gareth 7y

    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!

  • Tableteer PRO 7y

    This would look really cool in Sivlerlight's DeepZoom
  • Eva Maria 7y

    Wow interesting idea.
  • Alexander 7y

    Achievers unite!
  • Randy Jones 7y

    you, my friend are an achiever!
  • Τ PRO 7y

    Both concept and realisation are awesome.

    That's what I call a movie poster! ;o)
  • Tony Heugh 7y

    I would love a poster of this.

    Or a rug.
  • ying22a 6y

    Mind if I do a jay?
112 faves
Taken on July 12, 2008
  • Show EXIF

Additional info

  • Viewing this photo Public
  • Safety level of this photo Safe
  • S Search
    Photo navigation
    < > Thumbnail navigation
    Z Zoom
    B Back to context