I’m a fan of projects that mix creative code and story. Andy Willis’ Spotmaps is a Python-based data / color mapping project…
The Colors From Your Favorite Movies, Mapped To 7,200 Pixels
What do your movies look like when each second is broken down to just one color? Fascinating, telling grids.
…inspired by Brendan Dawes’s Cinema Redux that simplifies each second of a movie into its most prominent color. These frames are then lined up 60-wide to designate a minute per line in a long tapestry of pixels that you could easily call art, or you could just as easily pigeonhole as a strictly scientific, anatomical view of a film’s color.
The most gratifying aspect of curating a film fest is being able to bring an under-the-radar gem you feel passionate about to an audience that might never otherwise see it. And as the director of programming for this year’s Santa Fe Independent Film Festival I was asked several times to name my favorite selection (which, of course, is like being asked to choose between kids). Nevertheless, I’d be lying if I pretended one film didn’t immediately leap to mind, a flick I’d fallen head over heels in love with when I caught it over the summer, courtesy of Rooftop Films. As I wrote in my program notes:
“The talk of the 2012 Berlinale and a hit at this year’s Rooftop Films Series NYC, West German director Marten Persiel’s This Ain’t California thrills on so many levels it ultimately defies description, much like its stunning skateboarding tricks caught on archival super 8 and set to 80s German synthpop. To call it a doc about a gang of skateboarders on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall doesn’t nearly do justice to this punk nostalgia trip and fragile time capsule, to this alternative history of the German Democratic Republic, and personal tribute to a lone teenage rebel with a universal cause.” – READ MORE
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My name is Lance Weiler. I enjoy telling stories across mediums and devices. I've written, designed, built, directed, and run various film, tv, gaming and immersive storytelling projects. I'm a columnist for Filmmaker Magazine, where I write about the impact of technology on entertainment. And for the last few years, I've been teaching a course at Columbia University on the art, craft & biz of storytelling in 21c.
Why Text of Light?
The name is a reference to a film by experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. "Text of Light" (1974) is a wonderful film by Brakhage, who during his forty year career made over 200 films of varying length.