Cinemetrics lab is the latest addition to our site, and is still work in progress. When finished, the lab is envisaged to offer students of film history a range of analytical tools that will help them dissect, visualize and compare film-related data. We started with a large-scale comparative chart which looks a little like a star map. It is a scattergraph each dot on which represents a film available on our database. Select areas by dragging a rectangle to zoom in and see better different areas of film history. Once you have found your film on this map you will see how it relates to thousands of other films on the x-axis of time (past 111 years of film history) and on the y-axis of average shot lengths. What we intend to do is to add more tools to the lab in order to augment its statistics apparatus and enhance its means of data visualizations.

Year/ASL chart. Note the Log10 scale on the y-axis. It allows us to see all films in the very widely spread high ASL range.

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This lab's films are shown in yellow.

List of films in this lab:

Rear Window: (7) ASL 3.7
Velikiy uteshitelj (the great consoler): (7) ASL 7.5
Suspense: (7) ASL 10.4
Raging Bull (Final Robinson Fight): (7) ASL 3.2
Raging Bull (Raging Entertainer): (7) ASL 10.2
Velikiy uteshitelj (The rebellion sequnce): (7) ASL 4.6
Raging Bull: (7) ASL 6.9
Alone: (7) ASL 6.9
Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La: (7) ASL 3.1
Rear Window: (7) ASL 9.1
Evangeliemandens Liv (The Candle and the Moth): (7) ASL 30.2
Birth of a Nation: (7) ASL 5.4
Odinnadtsatyy: (7) ASL 4
Rear Window: (7) ASL 8.4
Raging Bull (1st Robinson fight): (7) ASL 4.6
Passion of Joan of Arc (fragment): (7) ASL 2.4


This is a scattergraph of films shown and discussed at my Montage graduate seminar in the Spring quarter 2009 at the University of Chicago.