What do machines need to know to become better cinematic storytellers?

Recently, Dr. William Bares, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at College of Charleston, traveled to Edmonton AB, Canada to give an invited keynote talk at the Joint Intelligent Narrative Technologies / Intelligent Cinematography and Editing Workshop.  This workshop was part of the 14th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE’18) that was held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada between Nov. 13-17th.

In this talk, titled “What do machines need to know to become better cinematic storytellers?” Dr. Bares discusses issues related to gathering knowledge of narrative and cinematic techniques which can be used to train machines to be better visual storytellers using the medium of film. He summarizes recent work and spotlights related contributions that will be presented later in the program. Teaching in the Computing in the Arts program at College of Charleston has focused his research on exploring new ways to broaden participation in computing through applications in the creative arts. This focus has led Dr. Bares to develop Story Blocker, an accessible, Web-based virtual 3D platform for learning cinematic storytelling skills. Dr. Bares also discusses how this platform might be used to collect annotated examples of cinematic scenarios.

To learn more about the workshop, click here.