Yahoo Labs’ Algorithm Identifies Creativity in 6-Second Vine Videos

Search engines are trying to use algorithms to analyze the creative content of Vine Videos.

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In January 2013, a video sharing service called Vine suddenly hit cyberspace. The service, owned by Twitter, was unique because users were allowed to record and share videos that were no more than six seconds long. But within months, it had become the most popular video sharing application on the web and the most downloaded free app on the Apple store.

The time constraint has had an interesting impact on the creative process: it has forced users to tell their stories in just six seconds. That, in turn, has lead to an entirely new genre of filmmaking that now has its own six second filmmaking category at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The extraordinary success of six second videos offers a curious opportunity. Because the videos are so short, they are relatively easy to analyse using machine vision algorithms and audio analysis techniques. And that raises an interesting question. Can these automated techniques tell the difference between six second videos that humans consider creative and those considered noncreative.

Today, we get an answer thanks to the work of Miriam Redi at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a few pals who have used crowdsourcing techniques and machine algorithms to analyse some 4000 six-second videos from the Vine streamline. Their results suggest that machines can do a pretty good job of distinguishing between creative and noncreative content—at least in the six-second genre.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Filmmaker IQ

We have a lot of international readers who may be unfamiliar with the American holiday of Thanksgiving. We would like to share a bit of our traditions with you by listing some of the things that we are grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Marilyn Monroe Thanksgiving

I am grateful for a medium that is motion picture that can bring so much joy to billions of people around the world. I am also grateful to be alive at a time that lets us communicate through the massive network of the internet my passion for this wonderful medium – that we can share and connect freely around filmmaking.

But most importantly, I am grateful to all of you- the readers and the fans that have been following us. You guys are making it happen. For the last year or so we’ve been working in back building something truly big and interactive. Hang on, it will be great!

We’ll be back next week with more great Filmmaking content, until then have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.weekend.

All our best,

John & Dennis

Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s 12 Tips for Directing Your First Feature Film

Thinking of making your first feature film? You must read this advice from Justin Schwarz, writer-director of “The Discoverers” starring Griffin Dunne, out on VOD, DVD and iTunes today.


Making my first feature was one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of my life. It was honor and privilege to work with an all-star cast and crew of 200+ creative collaborators who helped me learn these lessons that I hope will inspire other first-timers to realize their vision.

Here are 12 things i learned along the way:

1. Feel it.

“Ultimately, as the director, your job is to become the emotional truth barometer on set.” – Justin Schwarz
Ultimately, as the director, your job is to become the emotional truth barometer on set. So when the camera starts rolling, forget about everything else and just try to feel the performance on each take. I liked to stand as close to the lens as our AC would let me to feel what the camera is recording. From editing to finding music to color correct and the mix, feel the movie you want the audience to experience.

2. Find your key frames.

Prepping “The Discoverers,” I shotlisted and storyboarded, but I knew we wouldn’t have time to do everything I imagined on paper. I developed a key frame system, which became extremely helpful on set. The idea is to try to distill each scene down to a single image that represents what the scene must achieve dramatically. It may be an extreme wide shot that acts like a punch in the gut, a lyrical tracking shot, or the close up you’re saving for emotional impact. When you have to start combining shots on set, you’ll know the essential image you’ll need for each scene to serve its dramatic function.

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Short Film Woes and Worries

Entertainment lawyer Christopher Schiller takes a legal look at the trials and pitfalls of making short films.

Short Film

Short films are easy, right? I mean, they’re just like the real thing only shorter, cheaper. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, short films can be seen as a concentrated concoction of every problem and concern that a full length feature has to deal with, just in a compact size and budget. And I should know. I’m in the midst of production for another short film of my own. So I’m taking this opportunity to address some of the business and legal aspects of producing a short film to help you over the woes and through the worries we’ll likely encounter along the way.

Begin before you begin

A tendency of short filmmakers is to not put much thought and effort into the early stages of development, especially if they have knowledge or experience of longer form works. That’s a mistake. The realities of short films are that there are a lot of them out there. It’s hard to get noticed among the sea of choices and it’s incredibly hard to make money (it is possible) or bolster your reputation if you can’t differentiate your short film from all the rest. Putting deliberate thought into the planning of any film activity regardless of the length will always pay off as a worthwhile effort.

Script Mag | Read the Full Article

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