Tech Project

FIM FotoInMotion
Open Call
In Residency
Residency Outcome
FotoInMotion is a digital tool to efficiently transform a single photograph into an immersive video
From Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021

Description of the challenges faced by the Tech Project

FotoInMotion is a simple but powerful solution to produce short and viewer-immersive videos based off of a single still image — artfully edited, combined and enhanced with automated metadata and narrative via voiceover and/or subtitles from the producer or photographer. Challenges include aiding in the creation of the tool’s design, toolbox, inputs, UX for what is essentially the merging of photo and video editing functionality in a single interface. Since the app aims to maximize and partially automatize perspective manipulation, the artist should be proficient in manual photo and video editing to help select the most appropriate functionalities.

Brief description of technology

FotoInMotion is a European Horizon 2020 project to build a web and mobile tool designed to rapidly transform single photographs into high-quality videos for creative industry professionals. The FotoInMotion application allows users to take a photograph or upload an existing image to the system, and apply state-of-the-art photo and video-editing functions to create a short, immersive video for use on social media as well as broadcast and screen displays in exhibition spaces. The web and mobile applications will include a toolbox with a wide range of manual and semi-automatic features driven by machine learning. The toolbox features a subtitling tool , a range of photographic editing tools , a video-editing timeline, a database of sound-effects (audio tracks, ambient noises, etc.) and intervention image tools to create optimal video output. A particular emphasis is placed on integrating a range of innovative 3D effects, as well as 2D to 3D conversion techniques. Automatic image analysis and recognition to extract contextual information from pictures will also be an integral part of the application, relying on image analysis algorithms that can automatically recognize sets of objects in photography.

What the project is looking to gain from the collaboration and what kind of artist would be suitable

The FotoInMotion project would like to work with an artist with a command of existing photographic and video editing tools (such software as Adobe Suite, Premiere, and Final Cut Pro) in order to merge and streamline the best elements of each medium into a smooth interface. A basic understanding of at least one computer language is a plus. The artist should be comfortable working with photography and have a passion for creating video work that is powerful in both online and live spaces. Good organizational and communication skills are essential to help test the tool’s functionalities and provide feedback to developers and other participants in the project.

Resources available to the artist

Resources available to the artist will be an office space in Paris, video-editing software, AWS cloud, full Adobe Suite subscription, internet connection, hard drive, 32gb external RAM. Along with these resources, a Europe-wide content and technical team will be dedicated to the FotoInMotion project, offering mentoring to the artist in video & photo-editing and software development.