"Sunspring," a movie that has been entirely written by algorithm, debuted on the website Ars Technica recently. The movie has been under the spotlight as the complete story of it has been written by artificial intelligence instead of normal human screenwriters.
"Sunspring" is a short science fiction film about three people who are in a surrealistic future, seemingly a space station. Initially, the movie looks like a love triangle between three lead characters – H (portrayed by "Silicon Valeey's Thomas Middleditch), who is wearing a gleaming gold jacket, H2 (played by Elisabeth Gray) who is operating the computers, and C (Humphrey Ker) who declares that he has to "go to the skull" as he puts his face in a bunch of green lights.
Though the movie gives a vibe of a typical sci-fi B-movie, it is unlike any of the other Hollywood science fiction movies as the entire script of the movie has been done by AI. According to the Ars website, it has been authored by a recurrent neural network called long short-term memory (LTSM) who has name itself as Benjamin.
As reported by Therefore Films, the director of the movie, Oscar Sharp, made the film for Sci-Fi London; an annual film festival that consists of an unique challenge known as the 48-Hour Film Challenge, where the contestant are provided with a set of prompts that needs to be included in the movie they make in next couple of days.
Sharp collaborated with Ross Goodwin to make the film. Goodwin is an AI researcher at New York University and supplied the AI screenwriter for the movie. Initially called Jetson, the AI wrote the screenplay from a tiny printer as the cast of "Sunspring" gathered around it. Some of the excerpts of the script were difficult to put in the movie like "He is standing in the stars and sitting on the floor."
"As soon as we had a read-through, everyone around the table was laughing their heads off with delight," Sharp told Ars.