AI-Powered Filmmaking with Waymark's Stephen Parker and Josh Rubin
In this episode, Nathan sits down with Stephen Parker and Josh Rubin of Waymark, and creators of The Frost, an AI-powered 12 minute short film. In this episode, we get a behind the scenes look at their creative process, the prompting and creative techniques they used to generate and animate the DALL-E results, and an overview of the current state of AI art. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out our sponsor, NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/cognitive
(00:00 ) Episode Preview
(00:01:00 ) Nathan’s introduction for Stephen Parker and Josh Rubin
(00:05:01 ) - The Frost is a 12-minute short film created using DALL-E 2 images.
(00:07:06 ) - The Frost started as an experiment to see if a narrative film could be created completely from AI imagery.
(00:08:38 ) - The filmmaking process was different because DALL-E images provided a starting point to build the story.
(00:10:38 ) - Parker started generating images with DALL-E 2 when he got access to the early preview.
(00:12:26 ) - Prompt technique to get consistent images by providing context about a hypothetical film.
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(00:19:37 ) - Compositional continuity, like shot-reverse shot, was hard to achieve through prompting.
(00:22:13 )- Rubin would request specific shots and the team would prompt DALL-E 2 to create them.
(00:25:24 ) - Filmmaking with AI as opposed to traditional filmmaking
(00:32:25 ) - Getting consistent facial features for characters was very difficult.
(00:39:03 ) - The storytelling helped cover inconsistencies that viewers might not notice.
(00:40:15 ) - Working with the images DALL-E provides
(00:41:54 ) - MacGuffin Object to tie scenes together
(00:44:53 ) Inpainting and compositing to refine DALL-E Images
(00:45:41 ) - Prompting for complex or novel compositions remains challenging.
(00:50:43 ) - The AI art is limited by what exists in the training data.
(01:02:05 )- Animating the human characters was challenging because of missing or incorrect appendages.
(01:07:36 ) - The team had to find creative ways to convey emotion through the limited animation.
01:02:24 - Animating subtle human movement and emotion is still very difficult.
(01:06:35 ) - A romantic comedy would be much harder to produce with current AI capabilities.
(01:12:17 ) - For Frost 2 they are using text-to-video models like RunwayML.
(01:15:43 ) - AI voicing advancements applied to filmmaking
(01:19:27 ) - The future of AI in Hollywood and filmmaking: quality narratives still require human vision
The Frost: https://www.thefrostpart.one/
MIT Tech Review Feature Article: https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/06/01/1073858/surreal-ai-generative-video-changing-film/
Behind the Scenes Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p31COxNbTWs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8k9MeXpSUU
The Frost Part 2 – trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcmwtRd_NIs
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