“For this assignment, you will create your own unique bar code from your choice of movie. UMW’s own Zach Whalen has a image generator on his website where you can upload your movie stills to create the bar code.”
For one of my assignments I created a movie barcode. Keeping with the theme of the 80’s (but making it my own a little bit) I made one with screenshots from Bladerunner 2049. It may be obvious that this is my favorite movie- but I can’t get over how beautiful the colors are. I saw this movie in the past year and I instantly loved the color schemes but also the cinematography. I first tried to take the screenshots and put them directly into the bar code generator. I tried a few different options but I wasn’t getting the color results that I wanted. I wanted more of a chronology by color throughout the movie. So, I figured that dealt with the order of the photos saved in my folder. I ordered the screenshots from the movie by color. This wasn’t necessary, but I thought it might be more visually appealing. After experimenting with different sizing and types, I found one that I liked the most! Mostly, I found that the neon colors, shades of purples and blues, and later oranges just looked really cool! I could recognize the movie even by seeing the bar code because of the bright colors.
I think that 2049 brings in all the same themes and ideas that Bladerunner 2019 wanted to show but maybe didn’t have the technology to create for the movie at them time. The colors in articular give it a futuristic ethereal feel. I think out of all the movie aspects the color schemes give the movie a dystopian feeling.
What I also found difficult were the times in which the IMJ did not work fully. I would upload all of my panels but while a some showed up a few panels did not. I continued to try and play around with it until I figured out something that worked, but I had no real method of how I did it.
I liked the finish product of Blade Runner shown through the bar code the most. Because the colors stood out so clearly within the screenshot, it was easier to categorize them. Further, the transition between the colors was visually appealing and it made the bar code itself recognizable as “Blade Runner”.
The original assignment is hyperlinked HERE. Below I’ve attached just a few of the screenshots I included in the movie barcode and then the movie barcode itself!