Screenshot of the final visualization
Screenshot of the final visualization

What makes the narrative of the movie — 500 Days of Summer — so engaging?

Project Context

  • Type: Self initiated project at NID
  • Duration: 1 week
  • My role: Data visualization design & front-end development

About the project

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen the movie, you should watch it first and then see the visualization or read further.

The movie 500 Days of Summer is a short romantic comedy movie about a boy who meets a girl (named Summer), they date, break up & he eventually meets another girl (poetically named Autumn). While the story is pretty clichéd, it is narrated in a non-linear format, that makes the movie fun to watch.

I made an interactive visualization of the order of the 500 days relationship, mapping the stages of the relationship as well as how specific scenes are always juxtaposed with contrasting scenes.

You can view the final visualization yourself , read more about the process on my blog , and read my paper on movie narrative visualizations published in the PJIM journal .