Call: Workshop On Intelligent Cinematography and Editing (WICED 2012)



May 28th and 29th, 2012
Marriott City Center, Raleigh, NC
Part of The International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games 2012
Workshop URL:


The expressive use of virtual cameras, mise-en-scene, lighting and texturing within 3D synthetic environments shows great promise to extend the communicative power of film and video into the artificial environments of 3D games and virtual worlds.

Cinematics produced in virtual 3D environments play an important role expanding beyond entertainment to other applications, including training, education, health-care communication, simulation, visualization and others. Tools for automatic generation of cinematics and cinematic effects within these applications can provide an advantage in tailoring the spatial, temporal, communicative aspects of the experience.

This workshop will bring an interdisciplinary group of researchers and industrial experts from several fields spanning 3D graphics, artificial intelligence, visualization, interactive narrative, cognitive and perceptual psychology, computational linguistics, computational aesthetics, visual effects and others who are working on the many related aspects of automatic generation or cinematics.

We invite researchers and practitioners who draw upon cutting edge research and technologies regarding both the production and comprehension of virtual cinematics.

Among the topics of interest for this workshop are the following:

  • Approaches to framing and composition of individual shots
  • Automatic lighting design
  • Intelligent staging and blocking in dynamic environments
  • Expressive performance of characters
  • Intelligent editing tools
  • Camera-driven control of NPCs and virtual characters and sets
  • Efficient algorithms for camera placement
  • Shot sequence selection and the determination of high-level constraints for the content of shots
  • Integrating elements of user interaction with traditional non-interactive camera control
  • Parallels between cinematic and linguistic communication
  • Cognitive models of picture and film perception
  • Cognitive models of event comprehension that are relevant to film
  • Virtual cinematography as a pre-visualization tool for real-world filming
  • Intelligent tools and novel interfaces for in-game cinematics, replays, and machinima
  • Intelligent generation of comic book layouts
  • Evaluation methodologies and results of user experience of virtual cinematics
  • Collaborative visual storytelling
  • Creativity in cinematic communication
  • Automatic or dynamic visual layering and composition
  • Modeling of Visual Aesthetics and scene mise-en-scene

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: March 7, 2012
  • Notification to authors: March 26, 2012
  • Author registration deadline:  March 27, 2012
  • Camera-ready deadline: April 9, 2012
  • Workshop held: May 28 – 29, 2012 (*)

(*) note that WICED is a two-day workshop.


Researchers and/or practitioners are encouraged to submit full papers (8 pages) or abstracts (2 pages) formatted according to ACM proceedings guidelines ( Submitted contributions may include original research papers, position papers, panel proposals, or survey papers.

All submissions should adhere to the FDG conference paper submission format.  Papers should be submitted in PDF format via the WICED 2012 Easychair web submission site:

Note that at least one author from each accepted paper must be registered for the conference before the conference early registration deadline of March 27, 2012.  This is just 24 hours after the acceptance notification deadline.

Workshop Format

The workshop will include one or more keynotes to pose interesting topics and focus discussion, panels that address key research issues and directions, presentations on new approaches, poster presentations, and breakout sessions addressing targeted subareas. The workshop will conclude with proposals for shared research problems.

Organizing Committee

  • Arnav Jhala (co-chair, UC Santa Cruz)
  • Michael Young (co-chair, NC State University)
  • Paolo Burelli (IT University Copenhagen)
  • Joseph Magliano (Northern Illinois University)
  • Magy Seif El-Nasr (Northeastern University

Program Committee

  • Elisabeth Andre, Augsburg, Germany
  • William Bares, Millsaps College, USA
  • Brad Cassell, NC State University, USA
  • Yun-Gyung Cheong, ITU Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Marc Christie, U. Nantes and INRIA, France
  • France, Henry Lowood, Stanford University, USA
  • Ana Paiva, INESC-ID, Portugal
  • Gabriel Radvanski, Notre Dame University, USA
  • Mark Riedl, Georgia Tech, USA


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