Black Mirror

Inside Black Mirror is the first official book about the cult series. Using creative coding we brought a sinister edge to the chapter openers which relate to a single episode.

Inside Black Mirror is the first official book about the cult series. Using creative coding we brought a sinister edge to the chapter openers which relate to a single episode.

Close up of the emoji filter in production

Prototyping

Using javascript I was able to co-create a series of digital tools used to distort imagery, video and audio taken from the show in a variety of engaging ways. As a result the four distinct filters were created for the book’s chapter openers.

Book

The four filters are ‘Colour Seperation’ – distorting the RGB layers of the image. ‘Vector Explosion’ – using tiny nodes icons were reproduced as reactive dots that would scatter as the user’s mouse entered. ‘Pixel Sorting’ – sections of the image are captured and each pixel is then sorted by brightness to create a waterfall effect. ‘Emoji Mosaic’ – by scanning each pixel for it’s average colour it is then replaced by a corresponding emoji.

Series 2, Episode 3 – The Waldo Moment

Website

The final part of this project was an online afterlife for these filters, whereby users are able to either select an episode (or upload their own photo) apply the desired filter and download the image.

Future

I am currently working on optimizing and refractoring the filter tools in my own time to produce a small web-app and push the experiments further. Stay tuned for more details.