While “Matrix” is broadcast tonight on TF1 and “Matrix Resurrections” is now in theaters, discover how the iconic code green that scrolls on the character control screens in the film was created.
When we think of Matrix first of the name, a true monument of science fiction released in 1999 and broadcast this evening on TF1, it is this rain of mysterious green symbols which comes first of all inundating our collective unconscious, fading away little by little to give way to incredible kung fu fights, bullet times and blue and red pills.
But where does this code come from? Is this complex language crafted from scratch for the purposes of the film? From a succession of random characters generated by a computer program? From an imaginary alphabet straight out of the imagination of filmmakers? Nothing of that !
Indeed, as the designer Simon Whiteley revealed in October 2017 (during an interview for the site cnet.com), these lines that we see scrolling on our screen when we look at the first scene of Matrix are nothing more than … sushi recipes ?!
After refusing a first design whose characters were not traditional enough for their taste, the Wachowskis, who wanted to obtain a rendering “more Japanese, more manga,” had then appealed to this young artist, as he will tell later in an interview for Wired. Husband from a Japanese woman, he was indeed likely to obtain advice from her on how to shape this new alphabet.
Simon whiteley then returned home and began to manually copy the characters that adorned his wife’s cookbooks. After scrolling through the resulting lines of code from left to right, he finally decided to push the logic all the way through and run them across the screen from top to bottom, as is traditionally done in the d format. ‘Japanese writing called tategaki.
“The code for Matrix was relatively easy to create,” he said, always for Wired. “The odd thing is that of all the things I designed, this one has remained the most iconic and the most memorable.”
A simple and effective process, therefore, which will have greatly participated in building the futuristic and revolutionary universe of Matrix.
Sources: www.cnet.com / Wired
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