Artificial intelligence is widely used in the production and distribution of films, with algorithms “deciding” when to release them to maximize audience size. Computers running hundreds, if not thousands, of scripts know in advance whether a film is going to be a hit or a flop. Statistically, AI can predict box office success three times more accurately than humans, and that includes highly experienced producers.
Based on never used footage, shot by twice Oscar-nominated director James Longley, depicting the life and trials of Pakistani orphans, the team trained an AI to edit and assemble an artistic documentary, which raises questions about what makes a film human and how we may collaborate with deep learning algorithms to expose new truths about our world. Reflector is the next step in the integration of AI into the film industry.