Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Writes ‘Perfect’ Horror Script?

Artificial intelligence writes ‘perfect’ horror script? Are my days as an author finished?

Nope. Not at all.

Jack Zhang is the founder of Greenlight Essentials, a "company that is dedicated to helping entertainment professionals better understand movie data and bring big data analysis to the film industry." In other words, using audience reaction and preferences as well as box office numbers, their goal is to create movies that make mega bucks at the box office.

In other words, the end result is a film infested with two pitfalls of hack writing:

1.  trope : a common or overused theme or device.
2.  cliche : a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.

Currently, Greenlight Essentials has scripted a movie that was scripted mostly by computer. The film, Impossible Things, is being pushed on Kickstarter.

The Kickstarter webpage also contains the teaser video also scripted by the AI. Take a look, but be aware there is some gore involved as well as scene-chewing music. Jack Zhang's computer says you will love it especially if you are a woman under the age of 25.
“We used [AI] to generate the premise and the key plot points of the film. Before a single word was written, our AI told us that if we wanted to match audience taste, we needed to make a horror film that featured both ghost and family relationships, and that a piano scene and a bathtub scene would need to be used in the movie trailer to increase the likelihood that our target audience would like it.”
Will the movie deal well? I think so. It will be the first film coauthored by an AI that will make it a novelty, but the problem is that all future movies will only be repetitions of the exact same formula. That will burn out an audience quickly.

So, I confess I really don't feel my career as a dark fantasy author is threatened at all. Though I am guaranteed to write the occasional bomb, my successes will be my own from my own creative well.

Write on!

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