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How was the green code created in The Matrix? You will not believe!

See him closing his eyes? Does he dream you? It is highly probable that if you saw The Matrix in 1999, when the film was released, or later, the image of green symbols, falling down on a black screen, was firmly imprinted in your mind. Despite the fact that this code first appeared in the film with a bunch of gorgeous scenes, it became one of the most iconic symbols of The Matrix. It looked cool and perfectly summarized the main idea of ​​Wachowski's masterpiece: what if the world is an illusion? What if everything is programmed?

What is written in the code "Matrix"?

Months and years went by, the Matrix was overgrown with grass, andpeople began to wonder where the now famous “digital rain” came from. And the answer was much more exciting than any of the mysteries of the film. In 2017, CNET reported that this code was just ... a set of sushi recipes.

Simon Whiteley - Producer Animal Logic in Australia. However, it is also called the “person who created the code.” He says he finished working on digital rain after Lana and Lilly Wachowski put a veto on a previous sequence that the design team created working on The Matrix.

"Wachowski thought that the design was not enoughold fashioned and traditional. They wanted more Japanese, more manga, ”Whiteley says. "And they asked me if I wanted to work on the code, mostly because my wife was Japanese and she could help me figure out the characters and see which characters are good and which are not."

So Whiteley went home and started sorting"Piles of Japanese cookbooks" belonging to his wife, in search of inspiration. One of the books of recipes, in particular, attracted his attention, and the recipes in it served as the basis for what would eventually become a cult falling code in the film.

Over the next weeks whiteley carefullyI designed and painted every Japanese letter by hand. Then they were taken to Justin Marshall, who is now working as an animal effects artist at Animal Logic, to digitize them and write code cascading across the screen. Initially, the letters were supposed to flow across the screen from left to right, Whiteley says, but when he saw the animation, he said that "she did not evoke any emotions."

Whiteley returned to the source. Like most Japanese texts, recipe books were written “backwards”, and the sentences were read from top to bottom. So Whiteley asked Marshall if he could turn the code over so that it would run off the top of the screen — and so the story was born.

“The film is very machine oriented,” says Whiteley. "I like the idea that everything is mechanical, but the real code is derived from something organic and free flowing."

Whiteley is surprised that the Matrix's iconic green code — and the film, too — has become so popular lately. He says that it was relatively easy to create.

And while this is all strange, even more strangeto name something that no one tried to actually make sushi according to recipes from open captions of "The Matrix". Whiteley says his wife still keeps a recipe book that inspired him to create a digital rain, although already rather shabby. However, he declined to answer the question what kind of book it is - he wants to save "some magic."

“This is actually not a book. This is a magazine, but it is called a book. Most of the Japanese have heard of it, or have it on the bookshelf. ”

Whiteley also says that the indigenous Japanese are notwill be able to extract the recipe directly from the film, because digital rain is written by code. Moreover, according to him, sushi recipes are usually written with hiragana and kanji, that is, with syllable and logographic symbols, respectively. The “Matrix” code, on the other hand, is stylized as katakana, that is, syllable characters that are used when writing foreign words.

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