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Can AI Direct Movies? This One Just Did

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All human beings--even famous movie directors like Federico Fellini--have a finite lifespan. But can their talent live on (and continue to create) with artificial intelligence? Campari Red Diaries: Fellini ForwardCampari Red Diaries: Fellini Forward, a short film and behind-the-scenes documentary, premieres at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 7, and will be featured at the New York Film Festival before an on-demand release in select markets. While there are three humans with directorial credits--Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper for the documentary, and Maximilian Niemann on the short film--the post-human creative force on this movie is AI, masterminded by innovation production studio UNIT9. We spoke with Marc D'Souza, Production Director at UNIT9, to find out more. The question behind Campari Red Diaries: Fellini Forward is whether AI can be trained to not just imitate Fellini's oeuvre, but extend it into new and original work.


The Anti-Tech Dystopia of "Dune"

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Life during the Covid-19 pandemic would be even more difficult without the Internet and automation, making this year timely for the upcoming "Dune" film to portray a distant future where humanity is devastated by our dependence on machines. Director Dennis Villeneuve is set to release his adaptation of the science fiction epic on October 22, both on HBO Max and in movie theaters. The release was delayed from last December to make it safer for people to view and hear the space fantasy in theaters. WarnerMedia aims to distribute Villeneuve's vision of the first "Dune" novel in two films, but has not yet scheduled a release date for the second film after the first half is released. Frank Herbert's "Dune" novel begins in the far distant future, thousands of years after humans were enslaved by robots, fought a revolutionary crusade and banned artificial intelligence with a new anti-tech religion.


Is it a horror film or a rom-com? AI can predict based solely on music

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Music is an indispensable element in film: it establishes atmosphere and mood, drives the viewer's emotional reactions, and significantly influences the audience's interpretation of the story. In a recent paper published in PLOS ONE, a research team at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, led by Professor Shrikanth Narayanan, sought to objectively examine the effect of music on cinematic genres. Their study aimed to determine if AI-based technology could predict the genre of a film based on the soundtrack alone. "By better understanding how music affects the viewer's perception of a film, we gain insights into how film creators can reach their audience in a more compelling way," said Narayanan, University Professor and Niki and Max Nikias Chair in Engineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science and the director of USC Viterbi's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL). The notion that different film genres are more likely to use certain musical elements in their soundtrack is rather intuitive: a lighthearted romance might include rich string passages and lush, lyrical melodies, while a horror film might instead feature unsettling, piercing frequencies and eerily discordant notes.


Disney is remaking the classic sci-fi movie 'Flight of the Navigator'

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Disney is about to lean more on sci-fi nostalgia to reel in viewers. Deadline reports Disney is remaking its 1986 classic Flight of the Navigator for the streaming service. Details of the reboot are scarce, but it would feature a female lead and see Bryce Dallas Howard (who directed two The Mandalorian episodes) both direct and produce the title. It's safe to say the basic premise, of a child who bonds with an alien spaceship, won't change much for this adaptation. The project is a shrewd move for Disney.


Warner Bros.' Dune vs. Apple's Foundation: An epic clash of content distribution

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This afternoon, for the technology industry, all eyes will be on Apple's "California Streaming" virtual event, during which this year's models of iPhones -- and possibly iPads -- are set to be unveiled to an awaiting public. The new smartphones and tablets are destined to be big hits -- they have been, consistently, year after year, even with minor iterative improvements. But Apple's biggest news of 2021 won't be the iPhone 13. In terms of new market penetration and risk potential, the big news will be the results of Apple's $1 billion investment in streaming media content for its Apple TV Plus service, which they announced in 2019. A big chunk of that billion-dollar commitment will be their adaptation of Foundation, the first of three volumes in a series of classic Isaac Asimov science-fiction novels published in the early 1950s.


Artificial Intelligence in Film Industry is Sophisticating Production

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Artificial intelligence in filmmaking might sound futuristic, but we have reached this place. Technology is already making a significant impact on film production. Today, most of the outperforming movies that come under the visual effects category are using machine learning and AI for filmmaking. Significant pictures like'The Irishman' and'Avengers: Endgame' are no different. It won't be a wonder if the next movie you watch is written by AI, performed by robots, and animated and rendered by a deep learning algorithm.


Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music. - USC Viterbi

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Study authors include Professor Shrikanth Narayanan, Timothy Greer, Dillon Knox, and Benjamin Ma. (Images Courtesy of Narayanan, Greer, Knox, and Ma) Music is an indispensable element in film: it establishes atmosphere and mood, drives the viewer's emotional reactions, and significantly influences the audience's interpretation of the story. In a recent paper published in PLOS One, a research team at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, led by Professor Shrikanth Narayanan, sought to objectively examine the effect of music on cinematic genres. Their study aimed to determine if AI-based technology could predict the genre of a film based on the soundtrack alone. "By better understanding how music affects the viewer's perception of a film, we gain insights into how film creators can reach their audience in a more compelling way," said Narayanan, University Professor and Niki and Max Nikias Chair in Engineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science and the director of USC Viterbi's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL). The notion that different film genres are more likely to use certain musical elements in their soundtrack is rather intuitive: a lighthearted romance might include rich string passages and lush, lyrical melodies, while a horror film might instead feature unsettling, piercing frequencies and eerily discordant notes.


Disney's remaining 2021 movies will debut in theaters first

Engadget

Don't expect to stream Disney's next movies at home the moment they're available. The Verge reports Disney has revealed that all its remaining 2021 movies will debut in theaters first, including the animated robot comedy Ron's Gone Wrong (October 22nd), the Marvel blockbuster Eternals (November 5th) and a new adaptation of West Side Story (December 10th). Outside of the animated musical Encanto (November 24th), which has a 30-day window, all of the movies will have a "minimum" 45-day theatrical run before they're available elsewhere. Disney didn't say when you might expect on-demand versions of these titles, whether on Disney or rival services. This is partly a reaction to the relatively strong theater-only releases of summer extravaganzas like Free Guy and Shang-Chi.


Future Tense Newsletter: We Need a Muppet Version of em Frankenstein /em

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Sign up to receive the Future Tense newsletter every other Saturday. On Aug. 30, my heart broke a tiny bit. That day, the Guardian published a remarkable interview with Frank Oz, Jim Henson's longtime collaborator and the puppeteer behind Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and other classic Muppets. Oz hasn't been involved with the Muppets since 2007, three years after Disney purchased the franchise. He tells the Guardian: "I'd love to do the Muppets again but Disney doesn't want me, and Sesame Street hasn't asked me for 10 years. They don't want me because I won't follow orders and I won't do the kind of Muppets they believe in. He added of the post-Disney Muppet movies and TV shows: "The soul's not there.


Machine Learning: Makes Human to Train Them

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Machine learning is one of the technology that has become more and more popular with time and machine learning is the subset of the Artificial Intelligence which comes to your knowledge when you are connected to IT industry. Most of the companies like Netflix, Google and smaller companies uses Machine learning algoithms to predict the insights from the data. Although terms like artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning are used interchangeably but, they are not the same thing. Machine learning is the subset of artificial intelligence and deep learning is a subset of machine learning. Alan Turing's vision towards machine learning is being explained in one of his seminal paper such as " Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence where a computer/machine learns from the past experiences (input data) and make future predictions. The performance of such a system should be at least human level."