DESCRIPTION: Overview shot length in blockbusters from 1975 to 2005


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:

Jurassic Park: (7) ASL 6.6
Batman: (7) ASL 4.4
Batman Forever: (7) ASL 3.9
Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace: (7) ASL 3.6
Home Alone 2: (7) ASL 4.5
Spiderman: (7) ASL 3.6
Ghostbusters: (7) ASL 4.9
Spiderman 2: (7) ASL 4.3
E.T.: (7) ASL 6.2
Top Gun: (7) ASL 3.5
Jaws: (7) ASL 6.5
Star Wars - A new hope: (7) ASL 3.3
Rocky 1: (7) ASL 9.2
Home Alone: (7) ASL 5
Kramer vs. Kramer: (7) ASL 7.1
Terminator 2: (7) ASL 3.6
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: (7) ASL 3.7
Grease: (7) ASL 6.2
Titanic: (7) ASL 4.2
Star Wars V: A New Hope: (7) ASL 4.2
Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith: (7) ASL 3.8
Saving Private Ryan: (7) ASL 9.3
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Last Ark: (7) ASL 5.3
Forrest Gump: (7) ASL 8.9
Rainman: (7) ASL 7.3
Three Men and a Baby: (7) ASL 6.9
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi: (7) ASL 3.7
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King: (7) ASL 3.9


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