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.

Highlights of FilmTies GUI

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.

Link to WICED 2015 paper – https://diglib.eg.org/handle/10.2312/wiced.20151081.063-068

Publications about Film Ties

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 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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