Victor Candeias

EyeScape: Automation of Cinematic Narratives

Victor Candeias

  • Onderzoekseenheid: Intermedia
  • Onderzoeksgroep: Narrative Arts

Films are traditionally shot (filmed) and cut (edited) in a specific manner. They may be perceived and interpreted by audience members in various ways. But the actual films are designed to be screened as a consequence of shots or scenes that were put in a specific order under the director’s decisions. Even an experimental film with no clear narrative has been structured by a director/editor who developed a specific pattern, with a beginning, middle and an end. In the past, there have been some attempts to change such forms of linear film making, but so-called interactive television or interactive films only offered a limited number of possible narrative variables (for instance: one or two alternative endings). In the recent past, computer technologies and the arrival the Web 2.0 have opened up prospects for novel, more radical models of evolutionary narratives, which can be created and reconfigured with the assistance of databases. Simultaneously, digital communication technologies made the non-linear streaming of image and sound possible. Both developments pave the way for creating a new medium (EyeScape) for cinematic expression and the expansion of modalities for cinematic experience.

This project aims to create and disseminate films by using databases, computing features and digital media resources. The study establishes a methodological approach for adapting film production models to Database Cinema specifics, in order to develop its potential use for the production and online distribution of cinematic objects.

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