A Magic Dwells In Each Beginning
A deep breath and smile. We’re really happy when we look back to the last four months after launching Moviegalaxies. And we can only state that we are truly surprised and overwhelmed by all the positive feedbacks at different events, channels and conversations. Not only the Wish List is getting bigger and people were sending us movie requests via mail, we also got amazing feedback and interpretations from
“Movie Galaxies, at its most basic level, is a site devoted to social networking, though not in the sense you may think. (…) It’s an interesting way to visualize the contours of a single film’s narrative, but things really get interesting once you start making comparisons.”
“Perhaps the answer can be found in the entertainment value – and the long conversations one can have – after watching a socially complex movie with many interwoven stories.”
“There are metrics, such as density and clustering, associated with each network, which could be made less technical sounding, but it’s fun to browse and search your favorite movies. I clicked around for a good half hour.”
“The duo create a new cinematic experience by utilizing the social interaction graph in movies and helping viewers discover new relationships through smart algorithms and data processing.”
Also, there are blog posts from around the world, like the Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and the UK, as well as Pinterest users starting to like the page. At some point, marketing got a self-runner as all the mentioned as well as Twitter people from around the world spread the word. With the side-effect of awakening us in the middle of the night and noticingthat the servers have reached their limit. A pleasant way to get up.
We recently took some time to leave the desk and presented Moviegalaxies at different events in the US, such as Graph Connect or small gatherings at the Red Rock Café in Mountain View. Not to forget, conversations at YCombinator´s Startup School 2012 as always gave us an idea of how to improve and communicate the idea.
One of the biggest highlights was when we discovered an Stanford student sitting in Palo Alto´s Coupa Café, just in the moment when he was surfing on Moviegalaxies. You can´t imagine how it feels like when you see your product and user at a random place, thinking back to the endless small crafting hours in your room, next to a candle, some tee and sketches. Just amazing.
“A Magic Dwells In Each Beginning” - Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss poet.
Last but not least, Moviegalaxies had been featured in Coursera Course “Social Network Analysis”, by Professor Lada Adamic. While we always keep an close eye on the user, the proof and support by the scientific community is a matter close to the heart of our idea. Because we think that in the always more growing and interconnected world, social graphs in movies can be a good vehicle to translate a scientific matter into an easy understandable daily science and awareness. Especially, when you think about how far you resonate with the content, story and messages of the movie culture.
So far, we are just amazed and surprised by the journey that this little idea has taken so far. And it tell us that the evenings, nights and weekends we spent on the development of the product bears its fruits. Of course, the journey has just started, and we have a clear vision where we want to take Moviegalaxies the next months.
Right now, the first wave is gone and the servers can take a deep breath. However, we will go on improving the idea and we are happy to give you a good experience galaxing some movies. Cheers!
We are super excited to release the first version of moviegalaxies to a broader audience. We work on this project for quite a while now, with the goal to enable a unique view on movies. Starting off with this project right after presenting our work at the social network driven COINS Conference 2011, we received really good feedback. Since then, we analyzed more than 700 movie scripts which is quite a solid base to start from. But we know that there are plenty of interesting stories out there that would be worth visualizing.
The reactions on this project vary from a “Wow!” to an honest “Nice, but what can I do with it ?”. We are super happy receiving all the positive feedback but also very carefully listen to the latter once. Each graph represents the conversation layer of a movie, and therefore can only reflect the part of the story. A good movie makes use of sounds, non-verbal communication, pictures and many more layers that cannot be represented within the visualization. Nonetheless, we think that the conversation layer is on of the dominant, most powerful part of each story. Sure, there are exceptions, but we assume you’ll get a good idea of the story by switching off your tv screen and just “listening” to the movie. For instance, take Babel or Traffic. These stories are clearly reflected in their graphs and Moviegalaxies helps to understand the plot of a movie only through a graphic representation. That is what makes uns drive and Moviegalaxies so fascinating to us!
But we already look far ahead. Currently being caught up with regular bug fixing, we will be focusing on feature implementation the next weeks. Building dynamic graphs is one of our major goals, because we think the story can be reflected so much better with the 4th dimension: Time. Seeing the main actor becoming more and more central while the movie evolves, will provide such great insights into the story, wouldn’t it? Also, we think about a more interactive channel for the user.
Moviegalaxies can be usefull for network analysts, film academics or just movie lovers. Next time you walk out of the cinema and you are thrilled about the structure of the movie, make sure to check out Moviegalaxies. For meeting us, shoot us a mail or have a look at our schedule. We´ll be in Boston, New York and San Francisco the next months. For now, have fun galaxing some movies.
Michael & Jermain