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Date: 2018-10-01 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

Good news: the system is up and running now. It should be working fine, but if you discover the server does not let you into the database or says "submission unsuccessful" please save your data and try again later. We are in the beginning of a planned upgrading of Cinemetrics, and there may be outages from time to time, for which I apologize in advance. But no data is going to suffer or be lost! You are in good hands.

Date: 2018-09-15 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

For technical reasons, Cinemetrics Database does not work at the moment. When you try to use it an Error occurs and you receive this message:

“Warning: Unknown: write failed: No space left on device (28) in Unknown on line 0 Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/var/lib/php5) in Unknown on line 0.”

The Discussion Board is so designed so that anyone can submit a new topic but no one can mess with the existing ones.
So it might take a few days to remove the spam; meanwile, just disregard.

Date: 2017-02-21 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

News from England: - Barry Salt's STARWORD website, including PDF's of his articles published since 2009, up to last year's The Exact Remake, and nearly all his statistical data, except the Cinemetrics records.

Barry also submitted a number of Swedish movies, using his frame-accurate method: Sommaren med Monika: 7 ASL 23.9 submitted by Barry Salt; Gycklarnas afton: 7 ASL 15.9 submitted by Barry Salt; Skammen: 7 ASL 14.8 submitted by Barry Salt; Smultronstallet: 7 ASL 9.3 submitted by Barry Salt; Nattvardsgasterna: 7 ASL 16.5 submitted by Barry Salt; Sommarlek: 7 ASL 15.8 submitted by Barry Salt;

The Salesman: 7 ASL 5 submitted by Petunia Atlasi;

Artists and Models: 7 ASL 8.5 submitted by Sam Van de Sande; Love in the Afternoon: 7 ASL 17.2 submitted by Sam Van de Sande; Bad and the Beautiful, The: 7 ASL 20.3 submitted by Sam Van de Sande;

Black ish S02E05: 7 ASL 38.1 submitted by mariana stolf;

Pride and Prejudice: 7 ASL 8 submitted by Giovana;

Toy Story: 7 ASL 3.8 submitted by Mohsen Nasrin;

Blackish S02E05: 7 ASL 26.8 submitted by Mariana Stolf; Modern Family: 7 ASL 29.2 ; The middle S03E05: 7 ASL 39.4 submitted by Mariana Stolf;

The Best of Everything: 7 ASL 11.6 ; Pillow Talk: 7 ASL 9.4 submitted by Sam Roggen;

 Vra??dy v literat??re: Od staroveku po realizmus: 7 ASL 5.6 submitted by Veronika Rusn??kov??

Date: 2017-01-07 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

A memorial dedication to Gunars Civjans, my son and co-founder of Cinemetrics, has now been added to the from page of this website, see here.

From now on, I resume posting news -- roughly, on a monthly basis.

I wish a happier new year to all cinemetrics users.

New films:

Double, The: 7 ASL 4.7 and Grand Budapest Hotel, The: 7 ASL 5 Man Who Knew Too Much, The: 7 ASL 7.3 submitted by Barry Salt using his patent frame-acccurate method;

 schipper naast mathilde: 7 ASL 41.1 callboys: 7 ASL 2.7 submitted by august de meyer; 


cloud atlas: 7 ASL 5.6 submitted by iser elgan;

Iron Man (trailer): 7 ASL 1.1 ; Thor (trailer): 7 ASL 1.9 ; Captain America: The First Avenger (trailer): 7 ASL 1.6 ; Marvel's Avengers (trailer): 7 ASL 1.6 ; Man of Steel (trailer): 7 ASL 3.2 ; Batman v Superman (trailer): 7 ASL 3.9 ; Suicide Squad (trailer): 7 ASL 1.5 submitted by Tom;

Cliffhanger: 7 ASL 3.8 submitted by Jan Susky;

Cliffhanger: 7 ASL 4.1 submitted by Adam Lukuvka;

Quantum of solace (second chase): 7 ASL 0.8 submitted by tedescomb;

Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: Heart of Stone: 7 ASL 5.8 ; Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: Destiny: 7 ASL 5.7 ;  Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: Prophet Motive: 7 ASL 7.9 submitted by Armin Jaeger.

Date: 2016-07-26 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

Gunārs Civjans (1975-2016)

I have a tragic news to share. My son Gunārs Civjans whom many Cinemetrics users know as our sole software inventor and developer passed away after a sudden two-day illness in Jūrmala, Latvia, on April 23, 2016, at age 40. Gunārs loved working for Cinemetrics, helping some of you with their data submissions, and working on new generations of Cinemetrics tools. I find no words in me to express my love and admiration for Gunārs as a son and collaborator. Let me instead quote those who met Gunārs in May, 2015 during the cinemetrics conference he and I conducted at the University of Chicago:


BARRY SALT: I will miss him as a person, too, apart from all he did to help create Cinemetrics.

 ADELHEID HEFTBERGER: I have no words to describe how this news shocked me. I still remember when Yuri first mentioned Gunars many years ago. It must have been in connection with sailing. Over email conversation I had formed this image of the intelligent and gifted mastermind behind Cinemetrics, who constantly developed the site and added useful features. When I met him finally in Chicago, I was surprised to see that he was also one of the funniest people I had ever met. I admired his dry humor and I can only imagine what a wonderful and loving father and husband he has been too. I am so sorry to hear that Gunars is no more and I cannot understand how this is possible.

 LEA JACOBS: I am so sorry to hear about Gunars. It was so great meeting him at the Cinemetrics conference last year. I loved his amused and ironic way of discussing the site, his style was so different from most of the computer experts I have encountered. 

 CHRISTINA PETERSEN: Although a bit late, I wanted to send you an email to offer my condolences. I heard about Gunnar through the Chicago pipeline and although I only met him in person once, at the Cinemetrics Symposium last year, I was very sorry to hear of your loss. My favorite memory of Gunnar in fact is from the semester in Spring 2007 when he skyped you during International Cinema II and you answered him, telling the class: “This is Gunnar, he helped invent Cinemetrics,” which prompted the class to break into a spontaneous burst of applause. That is the way I hope to remember him, always connected to you despite geographic or other distances in work and play.



Date: 2016-03-20 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

Good news from three quarters into March.

1) A query (+ a reply) about Cinemetrics metadata on our Discussion Board.

2) A letter from a film scholar of China:

I’m taking the liberty of writing to you to pay tribute to you for your outstanding achievements in Cinemetrics, and see if we could find some possibilities of cooperation in film studies.
Please allow me to do some self-introduction. My name is Yang Shizhen, a professor at School of Journalism and communication in Guangzhou University, China. My teaching and research is centred on Chinese film studies and the comparative study of Chinese and American film language, for undergraduate and postgraduate.I was very excited when I first visited your last year’s September by chance. The quantitative methods, which you adopted in studying film’s style and form, do give me lots of inspiration. I agree with most of your research methods and conclusions.

As we know, China has become the No. 2 movie market of the world in 2015, but the Grand Theory still plays the leading role in Chinese film study. I am far more skeptical about its validity. My voice is so faint to be heard from here. Therefore, I am greatly encouraged by your research when I met with it. Anyway, I should express my gratitude to you for your work.

 Actually, in recent years, I have used some very similar methods in my teaching and research, with different tools. I used to guide students to extracts film form data with some editing softwares as a tool, such as After Effects/ Corel Video Studio/DaVinci Resolve and so on. In addition, I also used the data analysis of film form in the student’s practical training of editing and directing, and it has got some positive effect.

 Well, I have some thoughts and tentative proposals:

 1. I am leading some graduate students to found the database of Chinese film form, which I hope can be a part of the bigger database you established for researchers to compare film forms of different countries.

 2. As for CINEMETRICS and FACT, my students and I still have a lot to learn from you. I hope we could attend some relevant academic conferences held by your school, so that we have the opportunity to talk face to face.

 3. It’s a great honor for me to invite you to come to Guangzhou University and give lectures. Would you please accept the invitation? If possible, I will apply for all related expenses from Guangzhou University.

 4. I truly wish that we could have a variety of cooperation and academic exchanges in terms of Cinemetrics, like the translation of your work, the exchange of the graduate students and teachers, etc..

 Eager for your kind reply.

 Sincerely yours, Yang Shizhen

Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Guangzhou University

 3) New films, new submitters (welcome aboard!)

A Short Film About Kissing: 7 ASL 3.6 submitted by Jordan Pollock;

David_Gregg_Hinkley: 7 ASL 7 submitted by David Gregg;

Bailey stabbing: 7 ASL 5 submitted by Alex Vryzakis;

Power plants, News at Ten: 7 ASL 7.2 submitted by Arthur Renard;

Power Plant Sommerset BBC News at Ten : 7 ASL 8.3 submitted by Catherine McMaster;

Bailey Gwynne BBC News 10pm: 7 ASL 5.7 submitted by Katy Scott;

Bob News at Six: 7 ASL 6.5 submitted by ivy Lee; news 6: 7 ASL 7.7 submitted by ivy lee;

ITV EU piece: 7 ASL 11.3 submitted by Peter;

Glumov's Diary : 7 ASL 7.4 ; Hog Wild : 7 ASL 6.5 ; Trial, The: 7 ASL 7.9 ; Under Two Jags: 7 ASL 5.5 submitted by Mohsen Nasrin;

parry & kombai: 7 ASL 7.4 submitted by anita;

The Shining (10mins): 7 ASL 13.1 ; The Dark Knight (10mins): 7 ASL 3.7 ; Intouchables (10min): 7 ASL 3.8 submitted by Justas; 

Der Pfarrer aus Kirchfeld: 7 ASL 3.7 submitted by Elisabeth;

Der Pfarrer aus Kirchfeld 2: 7 ASL 2.6 submitted by Liz;

The Raid 2: 7 ASL 5.3 ; John Wick: 7 ASL 3.8 ; The Raid: 7 ASL 4.3 ; Black Belt Jones: 7 ASL 5 ; Spectre (pre-credits): 7 ASL 3.1 ; Spectre: 7 ASL 3.4 ; Now You See Me (car chase): 7 ASL 1.7 ; Jack Reacher (car chase): 7 ASL 2.4 ; Striking Distance (car chase): 7 ASL 2.1 ; Longest Yard (car chase): 7 ASL 2.5 ; Momentum (car chase): 7 ASL 1 ; Spectre (car chase): 7 ASL 1.5 ; Merantau: 7 ASL 5 ; Vigilante (car chase): 7 ASL 1.9 ; Three Days to Kill (car chase): 7 ASL 0.9 ; Man on a Ledge (car chase): 7 ASL 1.6 ; Black Cat Run (car chase): 7 ASL 2.6 ; Taking Lives (car chase): 7 ASL 1.4 ; Connected (car chase): 7 ASL 2.1 ; The Rock (car chase): 7 ASL 1.2 submitted by edkupfer;

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? - Musical scene: 7 ASL 5 submitted by Marco Polo; 

North by Northwest: 7 ASL 12.2 submitted by Tijmen de Graaf.

Date: 2016-03-05 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

Good news from early March.

On the scholarship front:

1) Our colleague Adelheid Heftberger of Austrian Film Museum published a book, take a look (in German) much of which is based on digital study of Vertov's editing, including measurements done on Cinemetrics.

2) David Hare from Australia contacted me with this message:

I recently submitted my PhD thesis on digital stereoscopy (D3D) for marking. One of the areas of interest was to do with the relationship between the uptake of the D3D screen technology and popular film techniques and visual styles. I used the Cinemetrics software to explore ideas about cutting rates, namely that D3D films in relation to conventional films have longer cuts in order to give the audience time to process the rendering/illusion of the third-dimension. The findings showed that this is not necessarily the case. Cinemetrics was such a great help. So, thank you and Gunars Civjans for sharing the program online.

3) Barry Salt, who always submits data using a frame-accutrate method adds those films to the database: 

Prisoner of Zenda, The: 7 ASL 6.5 ; Prisoner of Zenda, The: 7 ASL 7.6 ; Omen, The: 7 ASL 5.6 ; Omen, The: 7 ASL 3.7 ; Omen, The (Reduced): 7 ASL 3.8 ; Omen, The: 7 ASL 3.7 ; Omen, The (Reduced): 7 ASL 3.8 ;

Other submisssion by old and new comers (welcome aboard!)

10 Cloverfield Lane trailer: 7 ASL 1.3 ; The Choice Trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.2 ; Me before You Official Trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.2 ; Equals teaser trailer: 7 ASL 2 ; Knight of Cups Official Trailer: 7 ASL 1.1 ; The young Messiah trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.5 ; Creative Control official trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.4 ; The Witch offocial trailer: 7 ASL 2.2 ; The Boy trailer #2: 7 ASL 1.4 ; The Invitation trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.5 ; Amytiville: Het Awakening trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.3 ; Before I Wake Official trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.2 ; The Conjuring 2 teaser trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.9 ; The Visit trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.8 ; The Divergent Series_ Allegiant Official Trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.3 ; Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.5 ; Suicide Squad Trailer #1: 7 ASL 2 ; X-Men Apocalypse Trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.8 ; Star Trek Beyond Teaser Trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.1 ; The 5th Wave trailer #1: 7 ASL 1 ; Independence Day Resurgence trailer #1: 7 ASL 1.8 submitted by Jurian Mulder;

Parry Living with the Kombai: 7 ASL 5.2 submitted by Anita Purcell Sjolund;

La notte (Camera Movement): 7 ASL 15.8 ; Professione: Reporter: 7 ASL 17.8 ; The Passenger (Camera Movement): 7 ASL 17.7 submitted by Julian Sittel;

We Need to Talk about Kevin: 7 ASL 7.7 ; We Need To Talk About Kevin: 7 ASL 7.7 submitted by T.S.; 

  Voice Of Conscience, The: 7 ASL 17.2 submitted by Mohsen Nasrin;

cabin fever: 7 ASL 46.9 ; the crazies: 7 ASL 38.8 submitted by rasmuna shafiee;

House of Flame (Kataku): 7 ASL 8.1 submitted by Liew Kongmeng;

Big Game Official Trailer #1 : 7 ASL 1.2 submitted by ; Goldeneye trailer: 7 ASL 0.8 submitted by ; Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer: 7 ASL 1.4 submitted by ; Taken trailer : 7 ASL 0.4 submitted anonymously.

Date: 2016-02-20 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

Good news from mid-Feb.

1) a few days ago I got this message from a collegue whom I do not know personally. It gives us some idea of the cross-disciplinary spread of what we all are doing on Cinemetrics:

Dear Dr. Tsivian, 

My article on digital representations of film analysis has been accepted for publication in France by Classiques Garnier in  the proceedings of the 2013 Conference of the International Association of Comparative Literature (ICLA). My main point consists in demonstrating that film analysis is no longer restricted to textual and verbal commentary, and has been taking many graphic forms since Bellour's work on Hitchcock's films. I am writing to request from you the authorization to reproduce and publish the Cinemetrics screengrab (posted on the homepage of your website) to illustrate my article. I thank you in advance for your reply. Should you need any further information, please don't hesitate to let me know.

 Best regards, 

Caroline Eades, Associate Professor of Film and Comparative Literature University of Maryland, College Park

2) A newcomer to Cinemetrics Julian Sittel is in the process of submitting Antonioni's body of films distiguishing between differrent shot scales and shots with the static vs. mobile framing. Looks like the beginning of a promising research. I bet fluctuations in shot scales across Antonioni's many films will lead to a meaningful conclusion. Keep measuring, Julian, if this is your plan, I look forward to more submissions

New film and newcomers (welcome aboard!)


Il deserto rosso: 7 ASL 10.2 ; Le Amiche: 7 ASL 26.6 ; Cronaca di un amore: 7 ASL 32.7 ; Il grido: 7 ASL 19.4 ; La notte: 7 ASL 15.8 ; L'eclisse: 7 ASL 11.5 ; Cronaca di un amore (Camera Movement): 7 ASL 32.3 ; Zabriskie Point: 7 ASL 8.1 submitted by Julian Sittel;

Pelnu sanatorija / Exiled: 7 ASL 17.7 submitted by Elina Reitere;

Toprak (The Earth): 7 ASL 12.3 submitted by Cagri Inceoglu;

Neha: 7 ASL 14.9 ; Vsetko co mam rad: 7 ASL 13.9 submitted by Patrik Khun;

Just Rambling Along: 7 ASL 7.9 ;  Electric Hotel, The: 7 ASL 26.4 ; Uncle's Apartment: 7 ASL 16.4 ; Crazy to Act: 7 ASL 5.6 submitted by Mohsen Nasrin;

A Better Tomorrow 2: 7 ASL 3.7 ; Compliance: 7 ASL 8 submitted by Brano Hamacek;

Efelerin Efesi: 7 ASL 10.5 submitted by Cagri Inceoglu;

Star Trek - Enterprise: Acquisition: 7 ASL 5.3 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Oasis: 7 ASL 5 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Detained: 7 ASL 5.1 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Vox Sola: 7 ASL 5.3 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Fallen Hero: 7 ASL 4.3 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Desert Crossing: 7 ASL 7 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Two Days and Two Nights: 7 ASL 5.3 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Shockwave, Part 1: 7 ASL 5.4 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Shockwave, Part 2: 7 ASL 7.4 submitted by Armin Jaeger;

Conserva Acabada: 7 ASL 11.5 ; Sophia de Mello Breyner Adresen: 7 ASL 12.9 ; Conserva Acabada: 7 ASL 10 submitted by Maria Santos;

In the mouth of madness: 7 ASL 5.2 submitted by Martin Plescher; 

All is lost: 7 ASL 10.7 submitted by Michaela Kapickova.  

Date: 2016-02-06 Posted by: Yuri Tsivian

Good news from the 1st week of February.

New films, newcomers (welcome aboard!):

Svet patri nam: 7 ASL 6.6 ; Spalovac mrtvol: 7 ASL 5.4 submitted by Juraj Ondrus; 

Star Trek - Enterprise: Dear Doctor: 7 ASL 7.2 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Shadows of P'Jem: 7 ASL 4.8 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Sleeping Dogs: 7 ASL 7 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Shuttlepod One: 7 ASL 5.8 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Fusion: 7 ASL 5.1 ; Star Trek - Enterprise: Rogue Planet: 7 ASL 6.1 submitted by Armin Jaeger;

Dar Hashieh 2 Part 14: 7 ASL 7.1 ; Corner in Wheat, A: 7 ASL 26.6 ; Water Nymph, The: 7 ASL 7.5 ; Good Night, Nurse!: 7 ASL 5.6 ; Straightforward Boy, A: 7 ASL 5.9 ; Balloonatic, The: 7 ASL 7.3 ; Jiraiya the Hero: 7 ASL 30.6 ; Panicky Picnic, The: 7 ASL 19.4 ;Debuts d'un patineur, Les: 7 ASL 33.6 ; First Cigar: 7 ASL 22.5 ; Lilja 4-Ever : 7 ASL 6.1 ; Cook, The : 7 ASL 5.2 ; Lucky Dog, The : 7 ASL 4.6 ; Hustling for Health: 7 ASL 8.4 ; Captain Kidd's Kids : 7 ASL 5.9 ; Fellini Satyricon: 7 ASL 7.2 submitted by Mohsen Nasrin;

First Texan, The: 7 ASL 11.4 submitted by Sam Roggen; 

Friday the 13th: 7 ASL 3.5 submitted by Filipe;

Seinfeld ep. The Contest: 7 ASL 4.6 submitted by Christian H. Pelegrini;

vejska: 7 ASL 7.7 submitted by hmyzozravec;

Steve Jobs: 7 ASL 4.9 submitted by Brano Hamacek.