William Bares at CofC


Story Blocker is a Web-based virtual 3-D movie making application that can be used to practice cinematography skills of script writing, blocking, composition, and editing.  Create and share short virtual 3-D movies so that others can view and offer constructive critiques.


Film Ties: A Web-based virtual 3D lab for teaching the film art from script to blocking (in WICED 2017) [Click for PDF download]

Tutorials Document [Click for PDF download]

Tutorial Videos

Getting Started (login, cloning a movie, camera tools, and animation – 10 minutes)

Creating characters and scripts (1 minute)


Animating with beats and motion path curves (2 minutes)


Camera shot editing (2 minutes)


Overhead blocking diagram display options (1 minute)


Future Work

We are in process of adding motion capture input so that performers and camera operators can simply walk about to create animated movie scenes.

We will also explore force-directed graph algorithms to automate the position of characters as was done in prior work by Talbot and Youngblood –¬†Application of Force-Directed Graphs on Character Positioning.¬† In Spatial Computing Workshop at AAMAS 2013.


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