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What Happens in Films?

Salway, Andrew, Vassiliou, Andrew and Ahmad, Khurshid (2005) What Happens in Films? IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), 2005 . pp. 49-52.

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Abstract

This paper aims to contribute to the analysis and description of semantic video content by investigating what actions are important in films. We apply a corpus analysis method to identify frequently occurring phrases in texts that describe films - screenplays and audio description. Frequent words and statistically significant collocations of these words are identified in screenplays of 75 films and in audio description of 45 films. Phrases such as ‘looks at’, ‘turns to’, ‘smiles at’ and various collocations of ‘door’ were found to be common. We argue that these phrases occur frequently because they describe actions that are important story-telling elements for filmed narrative. We discuss how this knowledge helps the development of systems to structure semantic video content.

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Additional Information: Salway, A., Vassiliou, A., & Ahmad, K. (2005). What happens in films? IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), 2005 , 49-52. © 2005 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. Click here for a list of Andrew Salway's publications.
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Computing Science
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:09
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/502

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