Trailerscope – The anatomy of trailers.

Trailerscope is a data visualization which compares trailers with movies and visualizing the relations that would typically stay hidden. Trailerscope examines the DNA of trailers, visualize the results and make them accessible to people interested in movies.

The white circle in the center displays the trailer‘s timeline. It is divided into segments and represents the individual scenes. A line connects the trailer segments each with a segment on the outer circle, which displays the timeline of the movie. Each connection visualizes the location of the part in the trailer with the location of the scene in the movie.

The movie file is imported via tools of the command line and saves the current average color at regular intervals in a dataset. By using processing as a tool for visualization, the data is read from the table and generates the visualization automatically. The outer circle displays the color of the film.

The result of this work is a prototype of software which analyzes and compares movies with trailers. The results took place as a series of posters and an interactive website presented in a group exhibition.


In Collaboration with Tobias Düser, Linnea Helms & Carlos Niermeier
Supervision by Prof. Jakob Lehr