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Storyboarding and pre-visualization with X3D

: Jung, Yvonne; Wagner, Sebastian; Jung, Christoph; Behr, Johannes; Fellner, Dieter W.

Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Graphics -SIGGRAPH-; Web3D Consortium, Menlo Park/Calif.:
Web3D 2010, 15th International Conference on 3D Web Technology. Proceedings : 24-25 July 2010, Los Angeles
New York: ACM Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781450302098
International Conference on 3D Web Technology (WEB3D) <15, 2010, Los Angeles/Calif.>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
virtual character; extensible 3D (X3D); pre-visualization; authoring; lighting; visual effects; film production tool; Forschungsgruppe Semantic Models, Immersive Systems (SMIS)

This paper presents methods based on the open standard X3D to rapidly describe life-like characters and other scene elements in the context of storyboarding and pre-visualization. Current frameworks that employ virtual agents often rely on non-standardized pipelines and lack functionality to describe lighting, camera staging or character behavior in a descriptive and simple manner. Even though demand for such a system is high, ranging from edutainment to pre-visualization in the movie industry, few such systems exist.
Thereto, we present the ANSWER framework, which provides a set of interconnected components that aid a film director in the process of film production from the planning stage to post-production. Rich and intuitive user interfaces are used for scene authoring and the underlying knowledge model is populated using semantic web technologies over which reasoning is applied. This transforms the user input into animated pre-visualizations that enable a director to experience and understand certain film making decisions before production begins. In this context we also propose some extensions to the current X3D standard for describing cinematic contents.