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. This project (the re-naming of its predecessor, Film Ties) resulted in user-friendly graphical tools to create cinematic narratives in 3-D. I welcome collaborations with teachers of film production who wish to experiment with this tool as an active-learning aid. I also welcome collaborations with researchers who wish to use the tool as a way to crowd-source knowledge of cinematic narrative.
Getting Started (login, cloning a movie, camera tools, and animation – 10 minutes)
We are in process of adding motion capture input so that performers and camera operators can simply walk about to create animated movie scenes. Other additions in-progress including particle and flocking effects and a customizable character rigging facility.