Development of extemporaneous performance by synthetic actors in the rehearsal process

Tony Meyer, Chris Messom

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Autonomous synthetic actors must invent variations of known material in order to perform given only a limited script, and to assist the director with development of the performance. In addition, the synthetic actors need to learn through the rehearsal process, as their human counterparts do, via feedback from the director. Through the production of two performances, involving both human and synthetic actors, a variety of methods of creating extemporaneous performance and utilising feedback to select the most effective performance variations will be examined. One method of varying the performance is the manner in which lines of dialogue are delivered. The paper outlines use of a statistical technique to create three variations of a performance; each variation was then ranked, and these rankings used to weight the variances in individual lines to create a superior variation. This allowed quick evaluation of many lines, without having to score each individual line.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntertainment Computing – ICEC 2004
Subtitle of host publicationThird International Conference Eindhoven,The Netherlands, September 1-3, 2004 Proceedings
EditorsMatthias Rauterberg
Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)3540229477
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing 2004 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Sept 20043 Sept 2004
Conference number: 3rd (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing 2004
Abbreviated titleICEC 2004
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