Thinking Like a Director: Film Editing Patterns for Virtual Cinematographic Storytelling

Abstract : This paper introduces Film Editing Patterns (FEP), a language to formalize film editing practices and stylistic choices found in movies. FEP constructs are constraints, expressed over one or more shots from a movie sequence that characterize changes in cinematographic visual properties such as shot sizes, camera angles, or layout of actors on the screen. We present the vocabulary of the FEP language, introduce its usage in analyzing styles from annotated film data, and describe how it can support users in the creative design of film sequences in 3D. More specifically, (i) we define the FEP language, (ii) we present an application to craft filmic sequences from 3D animated scenes that uses FEPs as a high level mean to select cameras and perform cuts between cameras that follow best practices in cinema and (iii) we evaluate the benefits of FEPs by performing user experiments in which professional filmmakers and amateurs had to create cinematographic sequences. The evaluation suggests that users generally appreciate the idea of FEPs, and that it can effectively help novice and medium experienced users in crafting film sequences with little training.
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Hui-Yin Wu, Francesca Palù, Roberto Ranon, Marc Christie. Thinking Like a Director: Film Editing Patterns for Virtual Cinematographic Storytelling. ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, Association for Computing Machinery, 2018, 14 (4), pp.1-23. ⟨10.1145/3241057⟩. ⟨hal-01950718⟩

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