About this Project
(Project duration: July 2013 - June 2015)
Cinemetrics is an open-access interactive website designed to collect, store, and process scholarly data about films. Launched in 2005 as a digital tool to facilitate the analysis of film editing, Cinemetrics has grown in the few years of its existence into an interdisciplinary forum on experimental methods in cinema studies, used regularly by hundreds of researchers from around the globe. Yet, although Cinemetrics provides an intense environment for online trafficking of data and ideas, its future as a field in humanities depends on face-to-face gathering of regular Cinemetrics contributors and principal collaborators in statistics and cultural production, and a thoughtful study of its place in the field. Including a conference and collaborative meetings, the project brought Michael John Baxter from Nottingham Trent University (UK) for short-term visits and lectures on the use of state-of-the-art statistics in modern film studies, and Daria Khitrova, a specialist in poetry and dance with more recent scholarship in film studies, to contribute knowledge from other meter-driven arts such as music, poetry, and dance. Their collaboration aimed to produce a book volume on Cinemetrics as an emerging field of film studies.
From April 30 to May 3, 2015 the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society and the Film Studies Center hosted the International Conference “Cinemetrics Across Borders” at the University of Chicago, which will bring together filmmakers and scholars from around the world.
A Cinemetrics Conference
A Numerate Film History? Cinemetrics Looks at Griffith, Sennett and Chaplin (1909-1917) was held on March 1, 2014
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Imagine the Cinemetrics database as a small ocean of a million or so time-length data varying between close to 0 and close to 600 seconds. Read more >>
Learn more about general steps, setup, and recording used in Cinemetrics.
August 31, 2015
with Applications to the Films of D. W. Griffith, Mack Sennett, and Charlie Chaplin.
Authored by Neubauer Collegium Fellows Mike Baxter, Daria Khitrova, and Yuri Tsivian.
May 26, 2015
Films are many things: They are works of art, historical documents, and commercial products. But for scholars like film historian Yuri Tsivian, they are also a treasure trove of data.
March 8, 2015
The robust Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows Program supports both short and long-term visits from guest scholars, facilitating an exchange of ideas that enriches the Neubauer Collegium’s projects.
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