A knowledge-based moviemaking approach

Jinhong Shen, Seiya Miyazaki, Terumasa Aoki, Hirhoshi Yasuda

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We are developing an intelligent approach of motion picture generation for desktop software system EMM (Electronic MovieMaker) that aims at automating the production of digital movies with various visual effects like three-dimension animation, real image, and their composition. This paper describes our efforts on EMM focusing on automatic synthesis of character animation and automatic video retrieval from video database/Web video library dependent on filmmaking rules, both of which have just right inverse processes opposed to each other. Two kinds of screenplay' user interface are introduced along with their theoretical basis of design. Then expounds how to visualize the screenplay by using cinematic 'rules of thumb' to make a scene. The implementation of building knowledge representation includes scene's layout and shooting and character's action written in CLIPS language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalWSEAS Transactions on Information Science and Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D animation
  • Cinematic knowledge-based system
  • Content-based video retrieval
  • Electronic movie making
  • Virtual director

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications


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