Distant Viewing


Zeroth: Introduction
First: Extract Images
Second: Face Detection
Third: Shot Detection
Fourth: Training Set
Fifth: Changing Scope
Sixth: Frame Level Annotations

Bewitched, S03E11
Bewitched, S05E13
Bewitched, S05E18
Laverne & Shirley, S01E11


The project is directed by Taylor Arnold and Lauren Tilton. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Richmond. His research focuses on computational statistics and the analysis of large text and image corpora. Lauren is Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Richmond. Her research centers on the analysis of 20th Century US visual culture. Prior collaborations include the digital project Photogrammar and their book Humanities Data in R.

Our technical team includes Nathaniel Ayers, John Bell, and Mark Williams. Nate Ayers is the technical head of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He brings expertise in graphic design, user experience, and front-end web programming languages. Mark is the Director of The Media Ecology Project — a network of researchers and tools working to provide access to moving images in order to facilitate archival discovery and new scholarship. John, along with Williams, has designed the Semantic Annotation Tool (SAT) for the manual annotation of moving images.

Our case studies team consists of Annie Berke (Hollins University), Claudia Calhoun (NYU), Jenny Oyallon-Koloski (Univerisity of Illinois), and Bret Vukoder (CMU). Annie, Assistant Professor of Film at Hollins University, and Claudia, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU are both scholars of television studies. They bring expertise on the role, representation, and cultural impact of gender and race in American Television. Jenny studies the use of movement in cinematography. She will be applying the toolkit to early feature-length films from both France and Hollywood. Bret's work focuses on the cultural analysis of mid-century American feature-films. He will be applying the toolkit to a collection of over 2,500 informational films from the 1950's produced by the Federal Government and held by the National Archives

The Distant Viewing TV team is completed by a fantastic advisory board, consisting of:

We are also grateful for the institutional support of the project through the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab.