DESCRIPTION: Case study in CinemaScope project


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:

The Day The Earth Stood Still: (7) ASL 7.1
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing: (7) ASL 17.1
Daddy Long Legs: (7) ASL 17.3
Three Coins in the Fountain: (7) ASL 16.6
Halls of Montezuma: (7) ASL 9.7
Desiree: (7) ASL 14.2
Compulsion: (7) ASL 10.6
Beneath the 12-mile Reef: (7) ASL 9.6
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef: (7) ASL 9.6
Bus Stop: (7) ASL 7.7
Dangerous Crossing: (7) ASL 10.4
Halls of Montezuma: (7) ASL 9.6
Good Morning, Miss Dove: (7) ASL 19.6
The Big Lift: (7) ASL 9.2
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing: (7) ASL 16.8
Carousel: (7) ASL 21.9
Beloved Infidel: (7) ASL 13.6
Desiree: (7) ASL 14.2
Three Coins in the Fountain: (7) ASL 16.5
The Forgmen: (7) ASL 7
The Frogmen: (7) ASL 6.8
The Day The Earth Stood Still: (7) ASL 7
The Big Lift : (7) ASL 8.8
Good Morning, Miss Dove: (7) ASL 18.6
Daddy Long Legs: (7) ASL 16.9
Bus Stop: (7) ASL 7.8
Beloved Infidel: (7) ASL 13.4
Dangerous Crossing: (7) ASL 10.3
Compulsion: (7) ASL 10.4
Carousel: (7) ASL 21.9
In Love and War: (7) ASL 9.2


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