Finding the beat : an analysis of the rhythmic elements of motion pictures

Adams, Brett, Dorai, Chitra and Venkatesh, Svetha 2002, Finding the beat : an analysis of the rhythmic elements of motion pictures, in ACCV 2002 : Proceedings of the fifth Asian conference on computer vision, Asian Federation of Computer Vision Societies, [Tokyo, Japan], pp. 62-68.

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Title Finding the beat : an analysis of the rhythmic elements of motion pictures
Author(s) Adams, Brett
Dorai, Chitra
Venkatesh, SvethaORCID iD for Venkatesh, Svetha
Conference name Asian conference on computer vision (5th : 2002 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 23-25 Jan. 2002
Title of proceedings ACCV 2002 : Proceedings of the fifth Asian conference on computer vision
Editor(s) Suter, D.
Bab-Hadiashar, A.
Publication date 2002
Conference series Asian conference on computer vision
Start page 62
End page 68
Total pages 7
Publisher Asian Federation of Computer Vision Societies
Place of publication [Tokyo, Japan]
Keyword(s) computer vision
film grammar
Summary This paper forms a continuation of our work focused on exploiting film grammar for the task of automated film understanding. We examine film rhythm, a powerful narrative concept used to endow structure and form to the film compositionally and to enhance its lyrical quality experientially. Of the many, often complex, cinematic devices contributing to film rhythm, this paper investigates the rhythmic elements that are present in edited sequences of shots, and presents a novel computational model to detect shot structural rhythm as either metric, accelerated, decelerated, or free. Details of the algorithm for the extraction of these editing rhythm classes are presented, along with experimental results on real movie data. Following this we study the usefulness of combining the rhythmic patterns induced through both motion and editing in film. We show that, whilst detailed content identification via rhythm types alone is not possible by virtue of the fact that film is not codified to this level in terms of rhythmic elements, analysis of the combined motion/shot rhythm can allow us to determine that the content has changed and hypothesize as to why this is so. We present 3 such categories of change and demonstrate their efficacy for capturing useful film elements (e.g., scene change precipitated by plot event), by providing data support from 5 motion pictures.
Notes Papers will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
ISBN 0958025606
Language eng
Field of Research 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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