Have you ever watched a film so complex that even if it was super cool you couldn’t figure it out at the end? Well for those familiar with the movie Snatch, graphic artist David Andersson has done you a great favor by untangling this web of a movie. His infographic looks at the myriad character connections in the film, displaying interactions involving family, business, robberies and murders, all in an easily flowchart format.
To learn more about Andersson’s process and what inspired him to do this piece, see our interview following the graphic.
We had the pleasure of interviewing David Andersson on his graphic, getting the lowdown nitty-gritty on what would inspire one to dig this deep:
Would you say you’re obsessed with the movie Snatch? And how many times would you say you’ve seen it?
Haha, no I’m not obsessed with it, but I do think it’s cleverly written and I love stories with interweaving plotlines. I think I’ve watched it 5 times.
If you could be one character in the movie, who would it be and why them?
I’d have Bullet-Tooth Tony’s wardrobe, Turkish’s sense of humor, Mickey’s physique, and the Denovitz’s finances.
How long did it take you to dissect the many relational twists of the movie, and how did you remember all of them?
I’ll give you the short version. I wrote down the entire cast list off of IMDB and watched the movie trying to connect names and faces. Once I had that down I just walked through the plot of the movie, noting how characters and groups interacted. It might sound like a tedious process, but I love untangling this stuff. And it only took a few days’ spare time to figure out. Then the real work started…
How many different concepts did you go through before hitting on this concise version?
I went through dozens of variations of about 5 different concepts. I knew all the information, but I wasn’t sure how to represent it. It took me about 3 months of kicking the idea around in my free time before everything clicked. The groupings, the faces, the symbols I’d use, and most importantly how to assemble them in the most comprehensible way. It only took a few days after that.
You’ve got talent: are you planning on making more infographics in the future?
Well thanks, it’s good to hear that. I really do enjoy designing infographics. I think it’s just really fun to find the patterns in things and designing graphics displaying them. I’m sure that makes me sound really cool. The biggest challenge is finding information that warrants making a graphic at all, but I’ve always got a few ideas in the bank.
Thanks David for filling us in on the details & we look forward to seeing your next project!