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This article was a bit difficult to categorize. It sort of fits under ‘art‘ as well as ‘entertainment‘. As the title says, someone has gone ahead and created a single infographic that accurately portrays the film Star Wars A New Hope. I’ll be honest, when I first heard about it I thought to myself, “Meh.” This is the internet. Not much can surprise me anymore let alone actually make me sit up and say wow. Well.. this made me sit up and say wow. The sheer amount of depth it mind boggling and it oddly feels natural to view (check it out if what I am saying doesn’t make that much sense.) The only thing I can compare it to is it is like watching a stage play in the form of an infographic. Is it only me or can you also hear the sound effects and musical score whilst viewing it?
Star Wars A New Hope infographic
Where can you find the Star Wars A New Hope infographic? Head on other to SWANH.net (Stands for Star Wars: A New Hope). The infographic was created by Martin Panchaud, a Swiss illustrator and graphic novelist. As you can imagine, The Star Wars A New Hope infographic is long. Really long. 123.07 meters long to be precise. Needless to say, if you play to go through it in one sitting, set a bit of time aside.
Regarding the making of his infographic, Martin Panchaud said, “I first came up with the idea for this project in January 2015 and I started working on it beside my contract works. All together it took me approximately 1000 hours and I finished it in May 2016.” He carried on to say, “This long ribbon reminds the ancient Chinese script rolls that had to be rolled in and rolled out simultaneously in order to be read. I like this stretch between ages, cultures, and technologies. However, internet likes short stories and summaries, quickly understandable contents. With my work I aimed to create a contrast to that.”
The project is comprised of 22 Adobe Illustrator files that, as Martin said ‘made my processors sweat.’If you are interested in how it was made, Martin has included a page on his site cataloging how he created the infographic.
SWANH is currently on display in 4k high resolution in the Barbican Centre in London for an exhibition on science fiction, Into The Unknown.
What do you think of SWANH?