See it, turning a blind eye? Dream it be you? High probability that if you’ve seen “the Matrix” in 1999, when the film came out, or later, the image of the green symbols cascading down a black screen, firmly imprinted in your mind. Despite the fact that for the first time this code appeared in the film with a bunch of gorgeous scenes, he became one of the iconic symbols of the Matrix. Looked cool and perfectly summed up the main idea of the Wachowski masterpiece: what if the world is illusion? What if everything is programmed?
What is written in the code of “the Matrix”?
As the months passed and the years, Matrix overgrown with grass, and people began to wonder, where did the now-famous “digital rain”. 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 man who created the code.” He says he’s done working on digital rain after Lilly and Lana Wachowski vetoed the previous sequence, which was created by a team of designers working on “the Matrix”.
“Wachowski seemed that the design was not sufficiently old-fashioned and traditional. They wanted to have more Japanese, more manga,” says Whiteley. “And asked me if I wanted to work on the code, mostly because my wife is Japanese and she could help me deal with the characters and understand what characters are good and which are not.”
Therefore, Whiteley went home and began to sort through the “stacks of Japanese cookbooks”, belonging to his wife, in search of inspiration. One of the books recipes, in particular, attracted his attention, and the recipes in it was the basis for what will eventually become a cult falling code in the movie.
In the following weeks Whiteley carefully developed and painted every Japanese letter by hand. Then they were taken to Justin Marshall, who now works as an artist at visual effects at Animal Logic, so he digitized them and wrote the code, falling in a cascade across the screen. Initially the letters were flowing across the screen from left to right, says whitely, but when he saw the animation he said that “no emotions it did not cause”.
Whiteley returned to the source. Like most Japanese texts, cookbooks were written “backwards”, and proposals were read from top to bottom. So whitely asked Marshall whether he could turn the code to run off of the top of the screen — and so was born the story.
“The film is very focused on cars,” says Whiteley. “I like the idea that all this is mechanical, but the real code extracted from something organic and free current”.
Whiteley surprised that the iconic green code “the Matrix” — and the movie too — have become so popular lately. He says it was relatively easy to create.
And while all this is strange, even more strange is the fact that no one tried to actually make sushi recipes from the open credits of “the Matrix”. Whiteley said that his wife still has the recipe book, which inspired him to create the digital rain,it was pretty battered. However, he declined to answer the question, what is the book — wants to keep “a little magic”.
“In fact, this is not a book. It’s a magazine, but he is called a workbook. Most Japanese people heard about it or have on your bookshelf”.
Whiteley also says that native Japanese will not be able to retrieve the recipe directly from the film, because the digital rain written code. Moreover, according to him, recipes are usually written in hiragana and kanji, that is, syllabic and logographic symbols, respectively. Code “Matrix”, on the other hand, is stylized katakana syllable that is used when writing foreign words.