William Bares at CofC

Film Ties

Film Ties: Collaborative Film Editing and Teaching

William Bares  – College of Charleston                  

Donald Schwartz – Marist College

We are developing a Web-based collaborative tool for film editing and education.  Create and share libraries of personalized camera compositions.  Post text comments and suggest alternate compositions to collaborate.  Learn to improve your own compositions by reviewing comments made to your compositions.  We are  seeking film classes or studios interested in using the tool as part of an upcoming stage of software evaluation and enhancement.

Video Sample of Latest Authoring GUI featured in WICED 2017

The latest GUI enables full authoring of movie scripts, virtual set blocking, and critique commentary.  This enables film instructors and students to create their own virtual 3D movie scenarios.

https://youtu.be/vMyGZWojVYQ

WICED 2015  and CSCW 2016 Film Ties GUI

The 2015 version of Film Ties relied on pre-defined animated scenes but allowed users to operate a motion-tracked virtual camera to compose camera shots.  Users can share and critique work by posting text comments to a shot or adjusting the camera to suggest an alternate or improved composition.  With the CSCW 2016 paper, the system’s AI can upon user request automatically recommend critique comments and/or alternate shot compositions suggested by other users.

Highlights of FilmTies GUI

The web-base GUI enables a user to record and playback camera shots, share and browse compositions, vote on favorite compositions, and post and read comments about compositions.  You can even suggest a new composition as an alternative or improved to a selected composition.  The system is unique in that it allows users to communicate the essence of a visual composition in terms of character size, placement, and angle, etc.  These compositions can be re-applied in other novel 3d scenes.  If a performance capture system is available, we can move and aim the virtual camera by holding and turning the iPad equipped with the tracking devices (see below example using PhaseSpace active red LED markers).

Filmties on iPad with Phasespace tracking

Filmties on iPad with Phasespace tracking

Technical Details

Please check out our publications that describes the client-server architecture.  The full version includes an intelligent camera assistant, which can compute camera shots that reproduce any shared composition by any Film Ties user.  In effect, create personalized, re-usable libraries of favorite camera compositions, and instantly have them re-computed to visualize any other 3D scenes

Publications about Film Ties

William Bares, Caroline Requierme, and Elizabeth Obisesan.  2017.  Film Ties: A Web-based Virtual 3D Lab for Teaching the Film Art from Script to Blocking.  In Proceedings of WICED 2017: Eurographics Workshop on Intelligent Cinematography and Editing.  Eurographics Association.  Leon, France, 2017.  Film ties wiced 2017.

William Bares and Donald Schwartz. 2016. Film Ties: Crowd-sourced Teaching of Cinematography Using Intelligent Example Galleries. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion (CSCW ’16 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 229-232.

William Bares, Donald Schwartz, Cristovam Segundo’, Santoshi Nitya’, Sydney Aiken’, and Clinton Medbery’. 2015.  Film Ties: An Architecture for Collaborative Data-driven Cinematography.  In Proceedings of WICED 2015: Eurographics Workshop on Intelligent Cinematography and Editing.  Eurographics Association.  Zurich, Switzerland, May 4, 2015, 63-68.

Invitation to Collaborate

We invite participation from College of Charleston students and filmmakers and film instructors in academia and industry to join us evaluating this new collaborative filmmaking and teaching tool.

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