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MovieCode is a Fun Archive for Film Buffs and Programmers Alike

Danny Greer
By Danny Greer
By Danny Greer

Is the computer code featured on TV shows and films the real thing or just a made-up string of nonsense? MovieCode is a website that aims to find out.

Screenshot from Swordfish

The image above is a screenshot taken from the 2001 film “Swordfish”, where John Travolta hires Hugh Jackman (one of the world’s greatest hackers) to write a computer program to steal money from the US government.  Of course then, like many ‘high-tech’ plots, the film features shots of code being typed out on a simulated computer screen.

This type of code in popular media got British programmer John Graham-Cumming thinking about the realism of the computer code we see in TV and film. Is it based on real-life programming languages or is it all a bunch of made up text? From that, MovieCode was born.

On the site, readers submit shots of code from television/film and Graham-Cumming, or others, will deduce the programming language and what the code actually means (if anything).

Even as a non-programmer, I find the experiment fun. It’s certainly got me reminiscing about some of the featured shows/films from years past…and how attention to detail is important in EVERY aspect of a film project.

Check out MovieCode on Tumblr – and submit screenshots of your own favorite TV shows and films!

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