Insight: An annotation tool and format targeted towards film analysis
A multitude of annotation tools and annotation formats for audiovisual documents are available, and address a wide range of tasks. However, with a multitude of visual information presented on the screen, it is currently difficult to extract information purely concerning camera style and be able to quickly observe its relation to each element of timing, composition, lighting, movement, or story context. Existing approaches are only able to annotate limited aspects of the visual elements on screen, and are suited for the use of each varying system. Moreover, it would strongly beneficial to have an annotation that not only provides a wealth of insight in analytical approaches, and also support applications to machinima reproduction in generative and dynamic 3D environments.
We design an annotation language broadly suited to analytical and generative cinematography systems. The language observes the axes of timing, spacial composition, hierarchical film structure, and link to contextual elements in the film.