In this workshop, me, Daniel, and Gabor listed and discussed methods we found in our thesis research so far.
I described the method used by Lev Manovich in his article Visualizing Vertov. The paper applies some of Manovich’s techniques — direct visualization, cultural analytics – to visualize the works of Russian movie director Dziga Vertov.
- digital copies of Vertov’s films provided by The Austrian Film Museum, in Vienna.
- metadata from these movies.
- cinemetrics database with shots lengths. This one was used for the comparisons betweens Vertov’s movies with other ones.
- ImageJ (image processing and analysis software)
- custom software
- computer vision
- image analysis
- traditional techniques, such as bar charts and scatterplots
- direct visualization
- starts with a “bird’s eye” view, comparing a set of movies from the 20th century, based on date and average shot length, in a scatterplot
- zoom in into Vertov’s movies compared to Eisenstein’s (Russian movie director from the same period); uses both mean and median shot length
- zoom in into Vertov’s movies comparing the shots — Manovich uses the 2nd frame of each shot to represent it
- zoom in into the shot’s frames to compare average motion
Manovich often refers to other film studies made and also to contextual information, such as:
- Vertov’s manifestos
- Russian avant-garde ideas about montage
- Russian political context