Book2Movie: Aligning Video Scenes With Book Chapters

Makarand Tapaswi, Martin Bauml, Rainer Stiefelhagen; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015, pp. 1827-1835


Film adaptations of novels often visually display in a few shots what is described in many pages of the source novel. In this paper we present a new problem: to align book chapters with video scenes. Such an alignment facilitates finding differences between the adaptation and the original source, and also acts as a basis for deriving rich descriptions from the novel for the video clips. We propose an efficient method to compute an alignment between book chapters and video scenes using matching dialogs and character identities as cues. A major consideration is to allow the alignment to be non-sequential. Our suggested shortest path based approach deals with the non-sequential alignments and can be used to determine whether a video scene was part of the original book. We create a new data set involving two popular novel-to-film adaptations with widely varying properties and compare our method against other text-to-video alignment baselines. Using the alignment, we present a qualitative analysis of describing the video through rich narratives obtained from the novel.

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author = {Tapaswi, Makarand and Bauml, Martin and Stiefelhagen, Rainer},
title = {Book2Movie: Aligning Video Scenes With Book Chapters},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2015}