Intelligent computer moviemaker with the capabilities of cinematic rule-based reasoning

Jihhong Shen, Seiya Miyazaki, Terumasa Aoki, Hiroshi Yasuda

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This paper describes a software system designed to automate the production of digital movies with various visual effects like three-dimension animation, real image, and their composition. The production system can understand user's input screenplay through a parser then automatically interprets it into a relevant motion picture under the direction of a virtual director in place of a human one. The virtual director achieves user's intentions through knowledge-based approach by setting a scene, determining the corresponding shot types and shot sequence, and planning virtual camerawork dependent on the cinematic expertise stored in a domain knowledge base. We model the filmmaking knowledge and rule-based reasoning strategies in expert system language CLIPS, Video data is encoded in XML and tracked by the MPEG-7 standard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)974-981
Number of pages8
JournalKyokai Joho Imeji Zasshi/Journal of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul


  • 3D Animation
  • Digital Movie Producer
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Rule-based System
  • Virtual Director

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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