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Speakers: Arno Bosse and Keith Brisson, University of Chicago. Moderator: Madeleine Clare Elish, MIT. Abstract: Cinemetrics (, is an open-access, interactive website designed to supplement the traditional toolkit of film studies with a number of digital tools that enable researchers to collect, store, and process scholarly data about film editing. Any student of film interested in the way films are edited can use Cinemetrics to time a movie, submit the obtained time data, calculate and visualize data statistics, and comment on or make use of the data generated and collected by others. As it stands, Cinemetrics offers its users a client tool to measure a film, a database to store the measurements, graphs that help users to visualize the statistics, and a lab space that can be used to compare films. In the future, we plan to enhance the site by 1) situating the data we have collected in a more theoretically rigorous statistical framework 2) expanding the types of analytic, time-based visualizations we offer of this data. Our 6/4 presentation will present an overview of what Cinemetrics offers today and briefly point towards our future plans for the site.

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