Automatically generate XKCD like charts for TV episodes. We currently work on the placement of characters, and will work on adding event bubbles at a later stage.

example StoryGraph with annotations

Paper and Poster

StoryGraphs: Visualizing Character Interactions as a Timeline
Makarand Tapaswi, Martin Baeuml and Rainer Stiefelhagen
IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR Poster), Columbus, June 2014
[paper] [poster-1] [poster-2] [supp]


  • Automatic method for single image representation of an entire episode
  • Optimize positions of characters trading off aesthetics and representation ability
  • Shot threads used to find optimal scene boundaries via dynamic programming (examples)
  • Evaluation on three diverse TV series: The Big Bang Theory, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Game of Thrones


Try the StoryGraphs out at GitHub. The shot threading and scene detection code can be found here.


Scene detection ground truth annotations visualized as simple HTML files can be downloaded here.


At a glimpse

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