Close-up (CU) is a photographic technique which tightly frames a person or an object. In movies, it is applied to guide audience attention and to evoke audience emotion. In this paper, we detect face CU, object CU, and lean of movies, which are widely used to romance emotions. A lean consists of shots in a sequence, with a close-up shot as focus. A set of features are extracted by considering movie making techniques and human attention for CU detection. The features are average saliency, color entropy, color variance, face height, skin area, and texture scales. These features are tested through statistical hypothesis test to be significantly discriminating for CUs. Then, Support Vector Machine (SVM) is applied on these features to detect face CU and object CU. Based on the face CU and object CU detection result, lean is further detected by investigating the changing of the face/object size. Lean detection is of challenge due to the technique of montage. We solve this problem through color similarity estimation and SIFT point matching. Experimental results on four full length movies verify the effectiveness of the proposed method.
17th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2010). 2010 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2010: Proceedings (Hong Kong 26-29 September, 2010) p. 1505-1508