ABOUT MadridMovieMap

Madrid Movie Map has been elaborated following four steps.

1. Identification and selection of movie titles.

First step is to identify those feature films (thus excluding documentaries, shorts, etc.) whose shootings have taken place in the city. Usually the Film Commission provide this information but we also have consulted specialized and published monographs in order to obtain additional information about the making of these films, as well as documentaries, blogs, etc.

This list must be ranked to work with a selected number of feature movies, taking as its premise the degree of impact of each film and its consequent ability to formation of spatial imagery among the spectators. Looking for this purpose we can apply different criteria. In our case we use the score obtained in IMDB (with at least 50 votes) and Filmaffinity (with a minimum of 100 votes). From both score we have obtained the score media. This hierarchy allows us to work with a limitated number of significant films, around 250.

Of each of these chosen titles the most relevant information is collected: movie title, code identifying the film, director, release year, production company, country of the production company, genre films, etc.

2. Viewing scenes, cutting and feeding a file clips

The next step is to visualize each of these films in order to cut the relevant scenes; ie those showing in outdoor locations. We also include the public transport infrastructure (airports, train stations, metro, etc.), discarding the indoor scenes or set scenes.

We have already indicated that a scene contains a certain story unit, yet the scene can be developed in various places, if there is some kind of displacement. This is the case of those scenes that are car chases through different parts of the city. Therefore we judge most appropriate to use a more accurate analysis scale: clips. A film clip is the smallest unit of a scene, before the frame, which contains a spatial unit and therefore capable of being located in a particular place. Therefore we proceed to develop a file clips with multiple fields: code identification of the clip, clip duration, place description, type of take, location according to administrative boundaries: district, neighborhood, etc., narrative place and geographical coordinates.

In order to georeference these clips the spatial knowledge of the city is required by researchers. For that purpose we can help us with tools like Street View module provided by Google Earth or current and historical aerial photographs. But it is also possible to request assistance from other experts of the city that, in a disinterested way, assist in locating some clips. Finally, as a summary of each of the clips, we proceed to pick the most significant frame.

3. Fieldwork

If what has been said here is a bureau task is clear that a study of this nature must be supplemented by the corresponding fieldwork. But, given the considerable number of clips, such fieldwork is limited to two situations. Sometimes it is useful to rule out or correct certain locations in doubt. Instead the usefulness of this field work is revealed to spot check the changes that have experienced some locations years after being portrayed in movies. Consequently it is possible to compare frame of movies with photographs taken nowadays.

4. Creation of a GIS

All information is stored in a Geographic Information System. This GIS, with the help of various cartographic layers, can produce cartographic products of the city filmed taking into account the variables mentioned. It is easy to produce maps either ad hoc temporary periods for certain types of genres, directors or films in particular.

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