Last year, designer Frederic Brodbeck released "Cinemetrics" -- a software application that analyzes a film's color scheme, editing structure, and motion patterns to create animated representations. The idea, as demonstrated above, is to create a unique "movie fingerprint" for each film, making it easier to observe and compare its contours. In the above clip, Brodbeck demonstrates his creation with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, among a handful of other movies.
Here's how Brodbeck described his project:
"I wanted to use the movie itself as a source of data, to see what sort of information can be extracted from it, to find ways of visualizing it and to create the necessary tools to do this. since motion pictures are a time-based medium, they can only be seen one image at a time-- only as a fraction, never as a whole. ['cinemetrics' involves] extracting and analyzing information--such as the editing structure, use of colors, speech or motion-- and transforming them into graphic representations, so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily be interpreted or compared [...] both in print and digital media."
For a more technical breakdown, check out the video below.