Orchestrating Digital Micromovies
Glorianna Davenport, Ryan Evans, Mark Halliday

Leonardo, vol.26, no.4, pg. 283 - 288.


The authors describe how computers can be used to build narrative structures that create simple cinematic sequences from a large database of shots. The Digital Micromovie Orchestrator (DMO) does this by allowing the maker to attach sketchy descriptions to video clips in the database and to build narrative abstractions in the form of a layered filter structure that orchestrates the shots in real-time to create a flowing sequence of shots on-screen. The DMO points to a new direction for using digital technology to change the way cinematic narratives are structured. The system is outlined by analyzing in detail the first movie produced using the DMO and by discussing the process of actually making interactive movies using the system.

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