Raghunandh G.S | Feb 10, 2016 | | | |


All the work done by XKCD comics is super awesome. Sometime ago, I happened to stumble upon their movie narrative charts for some of the Hollywood classics which were terrific. In the narrative chart, the movie characters are plotted in a chart where x axis refers to the time and the grouping in y axis indicates the characters that are together at a given time. You can find them here.

As soon as I saw them I had an urge to try them for some Indian movie. I learnt that 90% of it were hand drawn. I completely suck at drawing and a little less at programming. So the obvious choice of recreating it for me was programming rather than pen and paper. I found out that this was possible using the matplotlib library of python.

Next was the decision about genre of the film. In this month of February nothing sells as good as love, so made up my mind that I will be doing the plot for some love story, which also gives me a flexibility that if something goes wrong I can always come back with the Quote "All is fair in love and war." Next question was about the choice of film. When a movie from neighboring state runs over 250 days (still running..) there couldn't be a second choice other than Alphonse Putheran's Premam. Hence I selected Premam and did this to the major characters of the movie.

Premam - A Visual Narrative

George, the protagonist is the green line, Red lines are his love and blue ones are his friends. I want you to read the plot and interpret the story yourself. I just want to point out that red lines are varying in presence and closeness but the blue lines remain constant with the green line thought the plot.

If you like this plot and you want me to try it for your favorite movie , inbox me the same and let me try plotting the story. I just pray that your favorite movie should not be any of the Christopher Nolan flicks.


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