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ANSWER

Project reference: 216489
Funded under

Artistic-Notation-based Software Engineering for Film, Animation and Computer Games

From 2008-01-01 to 2010-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 654 436

EU contribution:

EUR 3 266 951

Coordinated in:

Greece

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

A new approach to the creative process of film and game production

ANSWER assists the creative artist to record a distilled, clear, accurate description of the media she wishes to create. The project will produce a notion system (DirectorNotation) for describing the creation of multimedia content. This will offer a bridge between digital media production and animation for game design. Creative artists in several domains will be allowed to express creativity in an artistically significant language. The facility that notes have provided to music, and dance notation to choreography will be acquired. The ANSWER tools will optimise the human, artistic, conceptualisation, understanding and creative mechanisms that lead to the production of media, and also offer a process of recording this conceptualisation in a machine-processable representation.

Objective

ANSWER is a new approach to the creative process of film and game production. Musicians and choreographers have long been able to express their intentions using logical symbolic structures (music notation and dance notation), yet those working in the movie industry and the games industry have to rely on cartoons and verbal description, and the only record of their artistry is the result itself. The film and games industries are converging in the way that their creative content is perceived by consumers; ANSWER will produce a notation system for describing the creation of multimedia content, thus offering a bridge between digital media production and animation for game design. Development of a successful notation becomes appropriate today because of its dependence upon the parallel development of effective notation-based tools to support the artist in visualisation of their intention, communication to other members of the production team, and analysis of the production process, whilst still maintaining control of their creative intention. To achieve our objective, in addition to the development of DirectorNotation to symbolically describe creative intention, ANSWER will develop tools for automatic generation of animated pre-visualisations for film and game pre-production from the notation itself and from metadata which is extracted from the Director's initial input. An interface will be created to allow the Director to work imaginatively with the notation as it is authored, and an iterative scheme is introduced to ensure that developments of ideas and the realities of the actual production are reflected in the final notation description. Professional users from the film production and games production industry are integral partners in the project, which will ensure that we work together towards a common goal and are not dominated by technological considerations before artistic needs.

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Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 718 300


Iroon Polytechniou Street 9
157 73 Zografou, Athens
Greece
Administrative contact: Yannis Vassiliou
Tel.: +30210 772 4374
Fax: +30210 772 2527
E-mail

Participants

ARRAKIS NV
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 414 722


PANHARINGLAAN 11
8860 DE PANNE
Belgium
Administrative contact: LYNN VANBESIEN
Tel.: 003255239916
Fax: 003255239917
E-mail
Precision Mechatronics GmbH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 474 382


Rudolf-Diesel-Strasse
64331 Weiterstadt
Germany
Administrative contact: Marcela Urrego
Tel.: +49-6150 9770 894
Fax: +49-6150 9770 500
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 545 372


HANSASTRASSE
80686 MUENCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Walter Krause
Tel.: +49-89-12052713
Fax: +49-89-12057534
E-mail
V KATSOUFIS - V PIETRA AE FILM PRODUCTION-EQUIPMENT TRADING-EVENTS ORGANISING
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 421 560


24 AMIKLON & ARKADIOU str.
15231 HALANDRI
Greece
Administrative contact: VASSILIOS KATSOUFIS
Tel.: 210-6386200
Fax: 210-6109061
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 692 615


Highfield
SO17 1BJ SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Colin Upstill
Tel.: +442380760834
Fax: +442380760833
E-mail
Record Number: 85343 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01