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A MULTI-TOUCH 3D SET MODELER FOR DRAMA PRODUCTION Maarten Cardinaels 1 , Karel Frederix 1 , Johan Nulens 1 , Dieter Van Rijsselbergen³, Maarten Verwaest², Philippe Bekaert 1 1 Hasselt University – tUL – IBBT Expertise Center for Digital Media Wetenschapspark 2, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium, ²VRT-medialab, Ghent, and ³Ghent University – IBBT – MMLab, Ghent, Belgium ABSTRACT In contrast to other industries, the media industry and in particular television has not yet been optimized by advanced techniques such as virtual modeling in the pre-production stage. As a consequence, most of the creative decisions in television productions are taken at production time, rendering the production stage more labor intensive than it perhaps should be. We are convinced that television production can also benefit from virtual modeling techniques in pre-production. To this end, we developed an integrated modeling tool for drama production. This tool allows directors to pre-visualize drama scenes in 3D using an intuitive multi-touch interface. Multi-touch technology allows a very intuitive and user-friendly interface for manipulating 3D scenery - no previous expertise in 3D modeling is required and the learning curve is flat and short. Using nothing more than hands and fingers on the multi-touch table, directors manipulate characters, props, cameras and microphones. INTRODUCTION The media-industry, and in particular television is characterised by typical manufacturing processes. On par with any other industry, its production processes are preceded by design and development. But, in contrast to other industries, audiovisual engineering has not yet been optimized by advanced techniques such as virtual modeling. These techniques render a fairly exact model of the finished product and are intended to bring forward the phase of trial-and- error from the production to the engineering process. Script editing is still the basic process by which audiovisual material is engineered. Being in fact a textual representation, the script contains a relatively small fraction of the entire decision process which is required to realise a drama episode. The workflow in common drama production can be roughly divided in seven stages, which we call the drama production pipeline . First of all, a scenario has to be written. This is usually done for a number of episodes at once. In a second stage, Figure 1 – Virtual model of a drama set and characters
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a synopsis writer cuts episodes up in scenes. After that, the dialogue scripts need to be written, before a shooting script can be created. The next step is to do the actual shooting. When all the shooting is finished, the recorded material will be quality assured before finally being sent to an editing station.
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