I’m a big fan of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and other vampire related shows and movies so I did a small exercise:
- Get all movies categorized with “Vampire” from IMDB and sort by release date:Â http://www.imdb.com/keyword/vampire/?title_type=feature&sort=release_date
- Copy paste allÂ 758 titles to a spreadsheet
- Import spreadsheet in Google Refine
- Search for all dates and note down number of movies per year in a spreadsheet
- Visualize spreadsheet using Google Docs
The image shows the absolute number of movies tagged with keyword “Vampire” from 1916-2011 with, interestingly enough, a few releases during World World II, a growth in the early seventies and aÂ big peak in 2009. It would be great to normalize the data with the total number of movies released that year but I do not seem to be able to find that data in IMDB. For example: “Number of movies released in 2009.” If anyone has an idea on how to approach that, please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments :)
Please note that these are not necessarily all vampire movies but movies labelled with the keyword “vampire.” The small exercise served as a good recommendation filter as well because I found a Pedro AlmodÃ³var movie I have not seen yet. Los Abrazos Rotos (2009) is not a movie about vampires but contains several references to vampires. Feel free to work with the spreadsheet, there might be more interesting things in there.
Thanks to Breyten (see comments) I was able to get the total number of movies per year in the IMDB to calculate the relative number of labelled vampire per year. The seventies are back! :)
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You can get the number of movies in a year using this URL: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?year=2011,2011&title_type=feature&sort=moviemeter,asc and then just change the year parameter :-)
(I went to http://www.imdb.com/search/, then clicked ‘Browse titles by: year’, then clicked on a year, and after that on the ‘show more’ link :-)
Excellent, thanks for the tip! I should have clicked ‘show more’ a wise lesson :)
Using the parameters now to get the data. Thanks!