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Automatic Generation of Computer Animation

Using AI for Movie Animation

  • Ruqian Lu
  • Songmao Zhang

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2160)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 2160)

About this book

Introduction

We are both fans of watching animated stories. Every evening, before or after d- ner, we always sit in front of the television and watch the animation program, which is originally produced and shown for children. We find ourselves becoming younger while immerged in the interesting plot of the animation: how the princess is first killed and then rescued, how the little rat defeats the big cat, etc. But what we have found in those animation programs are not only interesting plots, but also a big chance for the application of computer science and artificial intelligence techniques. As is well known, the cost of producing animated movies is very high, even with the use of computer graphics techniques. Turning a story in text form into an animated movie is a long and complicated procedure. We came to the c- clusion that many parts of this process could be automated by using artificial - telligence techniques. It is actually a challenge and test for machine intelligence. So we decided to explore the possibility of a full life cycle automation of c- puter animation generation. By full life cycle we mean the generation process of computer animation from a children s story in natural language text form to the final animated movie. It is of course a task of immense difficulty. However, we decided to try our best and to see how far we could go.

Keywords

Act Planning Animation Generation Camera Planning Computer Animation Geometric Planning Life-Like Characters Natural Language Processing (NLP) Role Planning Semantic Analysis Story Understanding Virtual Storytelling animation artificial intelligence computer graphics intelligence

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruqian Lu
    • 1
  • Songmao Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsAcademia SinicaBeijingP.R. China

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-45590-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-43114-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-45590-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
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