Filmmaking, Music and Code

“Programming plays a huge role in the world that surrounds us, and though its uses are often purely functional, there is a growing community of artists who use the language of code as their medium. Their work includes everything from computer generated art to elaborate interactive installations, all with the goal of expanding our sense of what is possible with digital tools. To simplify the coding process, several platforms and libraries have been assembled to allow coders to cut through the nitty-gritty of programming and focus on the creative aspects of the project. These platforms all share a strong open source philosophy that encourages growth and experimentation, creating a rich community of artists that share their strategies and work with unprecedented openness.”

Some call it multimedia storytelling, multimedia programming, digital storytelling, and others might just say it’s experimental. Code is not only a language for webpages or software,  oh no. It has jumped the fence and has arrived to the world of cinema and music. Can you imagine the possibilities? Well, dont think too much. Artist have already begun innovating new ways of telling their story with the use of code. Creating stunning images that accompany sound — colors, shapes, effects, and even interactivity.


The big question is now, do filmmakers or musicians now need to learn to code?

As more storytellers consider migrating to the web and other digital platforms, the relationship between filmmaking and programming becomes more pressing. – Filmmaker Magazine

Well, I think it’s important to know enough or basic to:

  1. Spark New Ideas
  2. Rack Your Brain A little
  3. Understand the basic language (beneficial when partnering with a professional programmer)

I’m embracing the idea and am wondering myself how I can add this to a more conventional narrative filmmaking rather randomness or a “music video.”

It’s something meditate on. If you’re wondering  too, getting all giddy about it and are a complete programming noob like me. I suggest getting started with HTML(5) [ free training by Code Academy]. Just remember, it’s a only tool for your story.


One Reply to “Filmmaking, Music and Code”

  1. The main ones for me are QB, freebasic, & C. I’ve been mialny programming C on linux lately. I know bits & pieces of many other ones as well. Essentially, the programming language is fairly irrelavent, in my opinion. Programming concepts & problem solving skills carry over to just about all languages and make it easy to pick up new ones.I’m not an aspiring programmer so I don’t really go deep into languages & computer science, just write basic programs that work for me. How’s computer engineering working out for you? I am studying electric engineering myself.

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