Environment Expression: Telling Stories Through Cameras, Lights and Music

  • Celso de Melo
  • Ana Paiva
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3805)


This work proposes an integrated model – the environment expression model – which supports storytelling through three channels: cinematography, illumination and music. Stories are modeled as a set of points of interest which can be characters, dialogues or sceneries. At each instant, audience’s focus is drawn to the highest priority point of interest. Expression channels reflect the type and emotional state of this point of interest. A study, using a cartoon-like application, was also conducted to evaluate the model. Results were inconclusive regarding influence on story interpretation but, succeeded in showing preference for stories told with environment expression.


Expression Channel Emotion Perception Fast Tempo Slow Tempo Camera Shot 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celso de Melo
    • 1
  • Ana Paiva
    • 1
  1. 1.ISTTechnical University of Lisbon and INESC-IDPorto SalvoPortugal

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