I can't imagine that I could have hired someone to do the same analysis, research, programming, scripting, graphics creation, and web site layout for anything less than tens of thousands of dollars. (Or is my intuition wrong about that?)
I'm not sure how it has escaped the world's attention that you didn't approve these thousands of man-years of work, but it's clearly an oversight that must be corrected immediately. Let's have you tell everyone it doesn't make sense and get this communist nonsense shut down immediately—it's not philosophically viable!
Asked another way: if the Pixars of the world were to disappear, would it be a net loss for our society? I'm not sure the answer to that is "yes".
You might find the results you seek if you offered to pay someone for two days to work on whatever they wanted. However, even then, you're apt to not get anything of quality back. I'm sure the person who has created this work has thrown away many more projects.
There are infinite ways you could add a ton of value to this project that would be worth more than $5k. Automating the data retrieval and plugging it into mechanical turk for verification, being able to critique or comment on the deeper meaning of the change in colors. Or even online marketing to get the backlinks for a business could potentially be worth $10k.
It doesn't take that long to make a histogram of a "movie posters year X" Google image search...
But from your comment "it doesn't take that long.." its clear to me we're thinking about this in two different ways.
You're saying, "Here's how long it would take me..." hourly * estimate.
I'm saying, "Here's how to add more business value..." business_value * my_cut_to_decimal
If you can, perhaps by not even programming, make business_value a large enough number then (business_value * my_cut_to_decimal) > (hourly * estimate).
I'd go one step further and argue that the higher price is a win for both parties. You get paid more, and the company has just discovered a slot that they can slide money into and get more money back out off.
I downloaded ~ 35k thumbnailed-size images
(yay wget -- “The Social Network” inspired
me to not use curl)
Here's what I think is the relevant scene on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odOzMz-fOOw
1) %%% (many sites limit the minimum search term length to three so a single % will not do the trick).
2) ' ' (trhee spaces)
3) '' (empty string)
Here is a comparison of wget and curl that was posted on Hacker News a little over two years ago: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1241479
(I am in no way affiliated with this project. I'm just a happy user.)
(I am in no way an httpie hater.)
I'm surprised at the amount of comments here that reflect this data as if it's gospel and whether it's fair to interpret anything from it at all. We can't even vet and recreate the methodology of, as you said "limited movies", and see if it's correct for what it does say.
Not to mention the fact that prior to 1929 there is not more than 9 posters of data being analyzed.
Printing has changed also. Number of color, type of press, computerization all would contribute to difference in what designers would do (the analysis did mention this) but as mentioned the data was limited.
Really good blog post on Hollywood going mad with teal and orange: http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.ie/2010/03/teal-and-orange-hol...
Could explain the shift from warmer colors to more technical ones (just speculating)
I've read that some amount of color-blindness is context sensitive (e.g. http://www.designmatrix.com/pl/cyberpl/cic.html); I bet that the increased contrast in these films is part of what's making them so much more visually appealing to me.
My, how times change. I wonder what Montgomery Brewster will have to do in 2049 to earn his inheritance.
Shows an entire movie in a single image.
Or taking a photo of the screen with a very slow CMOS (camera phone) sensor.
Maybe Lucas really was a visionary!
Also The Deep, which isn't on that list but did pretty well so likely had a lot of posters. All of which would be mostly ocean. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075925/