Star Wars Movie Fingerprints

By: Jeff Clark    Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013

Recently YouTube had a video that showed all six Star Wars movies at once. They were placed in a 2 by 3 matrix and had an audio track of all the movies superimposed. It was an interesting experiment that has since been removed based on copyright grounds. Before it was removed I was able to do some simple analysis on the video and extract some details of the individual episodes of the Star Wars series.

Basically, I produced something very similar to a classic work called Cinema Redux™ by Brendan Dawes, done in 2004. Each individual movie in the series was reduced to a collection of small snapshots taken at 1 second intervals. The snapshots are layed out 60 images per row so a row corresponds to a minute in the film. These 'fingerprint' images reveal some aspects of the film structure.

Click on any of these images to see higher resolution versions.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace StarWars1

Episode II: Attack of the Clones StarWars2

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith StarWars3

Episode IV: A New Hope StarWars4

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back StarWars5

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi StarWars6

I used some fairly simple code in Processing to analyze the video and create the output images.


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