Rob Beschizza at 9:40 pm Sun, Jun 17, 2012
Vijay Pandurangan visualized the colors found in movie posters since 1914. Would you look at all that teal? Thanks, Hollywood complementary color voodoo! [via Explore]
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so how did the movie posters of 1920-21 predict the future? temporal disturbance caused by the end of wwi?
I’d guess the data was collected from archival prints. Some of the colors on old prints shift to blue over time even with good storage.
I’d love to hear a corresponding analysis from someone in the industry. Im also reminded that A LOT of comedy movie posters are white with red type.
You can see the increase in blues and decrease in reds, corresponding to the Teal-Orange Era:
What happened in 1924?
We don’t talk about 1924.
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Call me a Renegade, but I actually like Teal and Orange. It’s like Gin and Tonic to me.
I wish IMDB would let you search by year…
… or by colour of movie poster actually.
You can search by decade, or you can click the year next to any title to get the most popular films from that year. I think that there used to be a better “year’ search tool.
1,578 titles for the year 1924…
They should chat with the Etsy search people (
The sample sets used are insanely small for anything from before the 70′s. Pretty meaningless.
This is really cool! Interesting that teal shades have become more popular.
I see they are becoming increasingly blue-shifted and accelerating towards us at growing rates. Some sort of dark energy is probably at work, probably James Cameron.
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How cool. And for me very coincidental as just this weekend I made a chart that illustrates the past 30 years of movies that mention colors in their titles:
It shows hue but not saturation or value. It can answer questions like how much black was used in the posters?
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