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StoryCrate: Tabletop Storyboarding for Live Film Production

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Bartindale, Dr Nick TaylorORCiD, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD



Creating film content for broadcast is a high pressure and complex activity involving multiple experts and highly specialized equipment. Production teams are under continuous pressure to produce ever more creative and groundbreaking content while reducing the budgets and human resources required. While technologies are being developed for digitizing and streamlining sections of the production workflow, a gap remains between creative decisions made on location, and those made during digital editing and post-production. We describe a prototype tangible, tabletop interface to be deployed on a film shoot, which uses a storyboard as a shared data representation to drive team creativity. We define creativity in terms of team production, discuss our implementation and describe a deployment in which the prototype was used by a professional production team during a film shoot. Finally we describe a number of interesting interactions that were observed and consider the implications of our design decisions on the creative process of film making and the benefits of tangible, tabletop collaborative interactive displays in live film production.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bartindale T, Sheikh A, Taylor N, Wright P, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI'12)

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 169-178

Date deposited: 13/05/2012

ISSN: 9781450310154

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2207676.2207700