07 May 2018

Computational Analysis of Movies and Series

Impressions from the Workshop on Computer-based Approaches for the Analysis of Film Style

Workshop on “Computer-based Approaches for the Analysis of Film Style”

At a glance

Impressions from the workshop

From May 3-4, a motely crew of about 40 people came together to discuss computational approaches to the analysis of film style. The international workshop in Potsdam was a truly interdisciplinary event, as it brought together people from many different fields, including film and media studies, linguistics and literary studies, computer science, and of course digital humanities.

One of the common leitmotivs of “digital (humanities) immigrants” (cf. Prensky, 2011) could also be observed during the workshop: traditional film scholars – although generally interested in new, digital approaches – being skeptical about what the new tools and techniques can actually do for them and their research. The discussion showed that these tools are not easily integrated into existing research practices, but rather demand new scholarly perspectives on film. At the same time, many presenters showed interesting tools and projects that illustrate what these new perspectives might look like. To name but a few (for an overview of all workshop contributions please refer to the workshop program + abstracts):

Throughout the whole workshop it became evident, that there is a strong need for standards that allow different scholars to share their resources, which typically include all kinds of fascinating annotations, but are scattered and very much bound to specific projects. All in all, it sounded very much like something along the lines of TEI for texts and MEI for music was also needed for film (FEI ante portas). All told, the workshop succeeded in bringing together many like-minded people and – at least for me – it felt like a general atmosphere of departure toward some more “digital film studies”. Stay tuned for more activities from the DHd working group “Film und Video”. BTW: the conference theme of next years DHd conference in Frankfurt / Mainz sounds very promising too ☻

"Digital Humanities – multimedial and multimodal"

Slides: “Using Subtitles and Movie Scripts for the Automatic Analysis of Movies and Series”

Here are the slides of my talk on analyzing subtitles and movie scripts.

Preview of the slides


  • Opensubtitles: https://www.opensubtitles.org/de
  • IMSDb: http://www.imsdb.com/
  • ForeverDreaming Series Transcripts: http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/