Saturday, August 22, 2020

What Is Real: Can Algorithms Direct Movies?

From The Hustle:

Hang on to your Tomatometers: Can algorithms direct movies?
Bots can write, direct, act, and generate sound effects. But Rotten Tomatoes won’t be giving them fresh scores quite yet.

We’re obsessed with GPT-3, the bot that can write music, pitch business ideas… and make Hustle writers sweat.

The buzzy AI tool has enough creative chops that an article it wrote went viral last week.
But if you want to know what’s next for AI art, OneZero has a crazier proposal: Can an algorithm write, direct, and star in a movie? 

Some aficionados are already trying it
In 2018, the BAFTA-nominated director Oscar Sharp teamed up with an AI expert to create the ~7-minute film Zone Out.

The AI had to think up the props, dialogue, and stage direction.
Our review? The final product isn’t terrible — but Ars Technica was right when it noted that it “teeters on the edge of inanity and emotion.” 

Bots can (sort of) handle some Hollywood gigs
  • Writer: A neural network penned the script for the 2016 film Sunspring. Other bots have crafted scenes for “Batman.”
  • Director: The scientist David Carlson has twice taught computers to turn scripts into visual scenes. But he admitted to OneZero that bots aren’t so good at preserving that pesky “logical consistency.”...