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July 03, 2007

2001 poster

image of Brendan Dawes 2001 poster

Take a copy of Stanley Kubrick's film masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Capture a single frame of the movie every second. Average out the color of every pixel of the frame and draw a tiny square of that average color. Repeat that process for all 9,000 or so seconds of the film and then stick all of those tiny squares in order. Print the finished product as a high quality poster.

That's just what UK designer Brendan Dawes did. He calls the result a kind of a visual fingerprint of the film. The design firm Coudal Partners is offering the posters for sale. They ain't cheap... $300... but there's only a limited run of 50, they're signed by the artist, they're ready for high-quality framing, and they sure are cool.

(P.S. In case you're wondering, Dawes used Processing to pull this off.)

Tags: posters  2001

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at July 3, 2007 03:34 PM


Jason Salavon has been doing this for some time now, and while claims like this are generally pretty tenuous, this comes a little too close not to call out. cf. Top Grossing Movie...(2000), MTV's Ten Greatest...(2001) and Emblem(2004), which itself is based on 2001, all predating this by 3–7 years.

Posted by: Su at July 5, 2007 01:56 PM

I feel I just need to comment about that last comment. Firstly, Cinema Redux does not average the colours from the frames like Jason Salavon's work - they ARE the frames.

Secondly, the Cinema Redux project was first created in January 2004.

Posted by: Brendan Dawes at August 12, 2007 09:31 AM