Why this AI-written film is amazing

Over on Ars Technica they have an article about this very interesting short film that was written by an AI. Of course, that in and of itself is pretty amazing, but, for me, the impact of the film is different.

1. It’s all about the performance

The film shows that good actors can make anything interesting. Here they have assembled 3 highly watchable, emotive people. They are literally reading nonsense but you somehow get drawn in and involved.

2. Music moves people

The score of this short film seems to be overlooked. With different music the feel would have (could have) been ruined.

3. We make our own assumptions

I don’t think the text of this film is any more unusual than a Coldplay song. We, as living, breathing people, strive to make connections. We want to see patterns in the noise. You think you know what this film is about – even though we know it is about nothing.

As a filmmaker this short hits home certain points – like, my idea for the story is not as important as the three points above. It is a brave filmmaker that can turn over the core of his film to a machine, but the proof is here – with skills you can make an amazing film. So don’t get so hung up on the script.

Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of Sunspring, a short science fiction film that’s not entirely what it seems. It’s about three people living in a weird future, possibly on a space station, probably in a love triangle.


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Phil Smy

I am currently a student in the Raindance Film Degree Masters program. This site comes from the research I am doing as I learn more about film production and distribution.

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