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Ghost in Shell SAC, Hipira, Final Fantasy XIII Win 3D Awards [International 3D Society]

[Anime News Network]

The Japanese Committee of the International 3D Society honoredGhost in the Shell S.A.C. Solid State Society 3DHipira: The Little Vampire, and Final Fantasy XIII in the first annual “International 3D Awards Lumiere Japan” on Thursday. The awards recognize exceptional works in various categories such as film, television,documentaries, and advertising.

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HD World Explores Storage, Multiplatform Media, 3D

[TV Technology]

Next week broadcast and media entertainment professionals converge on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City for HD World. Held Oct. 12–13, the show has joined forces with the SATCON and 3D World shows under the umbrella of Content & Communications World (CCW).  …

The HD Content Creation, Management & Production track, which offers sessions on content acquisition and distribution formats; cloud computing; media accessibility; mobile production and the CALM Act.

The 3D World track, which takes a look at the 3D of tomorrow, with or without glasses; achieving 3D on a budget; and 3D sports and live entertainment.

The Multi-Platform Content & Distribution track, which features the latest news in Mobile DTV; multiplatform devices and content everywhere; and maximizing your return through social media.

The Image Acquisition & Digital Cinematography track, which demystifies 4K resolution; explores efficient lighting technologies; and delves into file-based storage and workflows from acquisition through post production.

The Post-Production & Workflow Integration track, during which attendees will find sessions on opportunities and trends in VFX; succeeding through collaboration in production and post; and will learn how post pros deal with multiple acquisition formats.

CCW kicks off with the keynote “Your World in 3D: Separating the Facts from the Hype.” The presentation explores the technical, financial and evolving world of 3D. Speakers include Jim Chabin, CEO of International 3D Society; Buzz Hays, senior vice president and 3D producer at Sony Pictures Technologies and chairman at International 3D Society; and John Cassy, director of Sky 3D and British Sky Broadcasting.  …

Exhibit Hall hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Oct. 13.

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Data & Analytics Project

The Storytelling Cipher: Mapping Precise Story and Character Mechanics to Box Office Returns

Our Data & Analytics Project held “The Storytelling Cipher: Mapping Stories & Characters to Box Office Revenue” Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

This study leverages the Dramatic taxonomy of film narrative to infer which scene-level character and story attributes generate more box office returns, by genre. We are extending this study to ads and movie trailers.

The project researchers used machine learning to map 70+ story attributes for 300 films to their box office returns to extract which story mechanics or character features in film generated the most revenue. This was the first time granular story and character mechanics have been used to predict box office returns, which opens up many avenues to make more data-driven creative and development decisions throughout the industry.

What’s a good story? The question has been hanging without a scientific answer since the dawn of man. It seems that a story’s lack of clear mathematical structure and universal taxonomy would relegate such classification of stories to the qualitative – and highly subjective- empire of critics and … people.

Until now.

The event presented results from the research, discussed applications for the development and creative process, and outlined next steps.

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