The 1977 film Star Wars displayed on a single RGB LED. For each frame of the movie, all pixels have been averaged and the image is represented by a single RGB value, which is in turn viewed on the LED. The entire film and its audio are stored on a small memory card. The viewer wears headphones as they watch the LED. An encoder knob allows the viewer to adjust volume, pause, and move forward and back through the film.
Further, the project is also presented in poster form – providing a satisfying visualization of the progression of color palette throughout the film. Those familiar with Star Wars will immediately recognize the light sandy tones of the desert planet Tatooine, the dinge and grime of Mos Eisley, and the sterile chill of the Death Star – and of outer space itself.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Edward Richardson works in film production in the camera department, specializing in high speed cinematography with the Phantom camera. On projects where existing technologies are inadequate, he designs and builds a range of hardware, software, and workflow solutions.