ShutterBug: An Autonomous Camera Creature

Expressive interactive characters call for expressive camera and lighting control. To show off our digital actors to best advantage, we are working on a real-time autonomous character, the ShutterBug, who will be the cinematographer in our virtual world. By combining the same techniques that we use to build our synthetic characters with inspiration from traditional film making, we seek to bring to life a dynamic camera system with an organic feel. Our autonomous camera creature captures the actions and emotions of our on-screen actors in an interesting and comprehensible manner, while simultaneously facilitating user interaction in the world. Current projects include adding an emotional system to the ShutterBug, and continuing our work in automatic lighting design. This work forms the basis of the camera control and lighting used in Swamped!