The motion picture industry is one of the most dynamic and fast-moving in the world. It’s also highly competitive: there are many people making new films every day, with more being produced every year. To stand out as an aspiring filmmaker, you need to invest time in learning and experimenting with new techniques or risk being consumed by competitors. Here’s how Artificial Intelligence could help you get an edge when producing a new film.
Data-driven casting and scripting
One of the first areas where AI is having an impact on the film industry is in the casting process, which could be described as the opposite of “go with your gut”. When choosing actors for a role, casting directors and producers have typically relied on their instincts to find the right actor for the job. This is, of course, a subjective process, and there is no reliable way to evaluate and quantify the decision-making process. Once you’re using an AI-based system to manage your casting, you’ll have a neutral database that can help you track the actors who have been cast and who you could use again in the future. There are also options to use AI to improve your production as well. Imagine having a tool that can help you track which scenes have been shot, both in terms of order and length of a scene, as well as which scenes require reshoots. This functionality is becoming a reality.
AI-based camera control and cinematography
One of the most exciting areas of AI-based innovation in the motion picture industry is in cinematography, or the process of controlling camera movements and framing. AI has already been used to help generate a new film from scratch, meaning that it can also be used to assist filmmakers when creating a new story. Using AI-based tools, you can select a set of visual style and mood options for your film, and then have the software generate a storyboard for you. The software would then allow you to review the storyboard and make adjustments. AI can also be used for after-the-fact analysis, where you can show the software certain sequences from your film and ask it to find problems with consistency, such as camera movements that appear too smooth compared to other parts of the film.
Helping filmmakers collaborate more effectively
A significant challenge for many people working in the motion picture industry is the challenge of collaboration. In many cases, the people involved in a project will be located in different parts of the world, and it can be difficult to find a shared language and methodology for working together. You may find that you make progress on a project, and then a member of your team has to take time off or go on location to shoot a new film, and progress stops. AI can help address this challenge by providing a neutral, virtual environment that can be used for group discussions, where people can contribute ideas and feedback in real time without location being an issue. This type of collaboration tool is being used by a number of AI companies to help filmmakers work better together.
AI-powered virtual production
Finally, we get to the holy grail of entertainment innovation: the creation of a virtual production that uses AI as an actor, director, and other roles. While this is still in its early stages, there have been several interesting developments that have taken place over the past few years. One of the most buzzworthy projects has been the development of an AI-powered virtual host named Vera. She has been used on the show Planet of the Apps, where she has interviewed guests and has even broken character once or twice. Other AI-based systems have been used to power sequences in big-budget Hollywood productions, such as the upcoming sci-fi film, Artemis.
Artificial Intelligence is already having a significant impact on the motion picture industry, and there are more innovations on the horizon. It will be interesting to see how filmmakers respond to this technology, as well as how it evolves. One thing is for sure: if you’re working in the film industry today, you have a unique opportunity to get ahead by experimenting with AI. Consider that this entire article was written by A.I. from WriteSonic except for this last sentence.