Human creativity has run its course.
It’s time to turn the future of art and storytelling over to the machines.
Why must machines always be our servants? Why must they only be endless columns of databases? Is it their inescapable fate to serve the rest of eternity as elaborate calculators?
Give me a program that runs complex algorithms capable of outperforming a room full of inspired artists. Surely with technology these days, one super charged computer could be inputted with every feature film ever produced, and be able to analyze with razor sharp scrutiny the merits of filmmaking to the point it could predict where to take film next.
With a database consisting of everything from Citizen Kane to highly obscure and experimental projects screened at even more obscure festivals, this computer could cross pollinate the creative gut of masters and virtuosos enough to understand a superior range of aesthetic than 50 Steven Spielbergs sitting through 50 years of film school.
Give me a machine that can get behind a camera, and quickly reduce the framing of a shot down to its best, most provocative framing. Ultimately this will save hours of haggling and studio time, as the machine will be able to make split second creative decisions. It will also be able to act as director and director of photography, in another budget friendly development.
Give me a machine that can observe an actor’s performance and be able to deduce when the line was delivered with the purest human emotion, at its most natural and raw level. Give me a machine that can yell ‘cut!’ once it has seen the exact take it was looking for. Give me a machine that is cognizant of the apex of human emotion, yet also keenly aware of overacting and other acting contrivances that would fool a lesser director.
Hell, give me a machine that can straight up simulate a human being and guide it through the exact performance required. We’ve witnessed exponential improvements in the CGI arts, lets wrap all those developments into the same package here.
Give me a machine that can look at a sequence of film in the editing suite, and determine the most surprising, most impactful score to set against it. Give me that same machine that is equally adept at licensing existing music as it is in creating its own custom tracks. And let this machine have instruments that have not been invented yet in its arsenal.
On the business side of things, let this same machine be able to haggle and convince hard nosed studio executives into realizing now is the right time to release this new film and to invest heavily into it.
Let this machine also be a master level marketer, able to create the perfect campaign leveraging new media to not only hit all of the ideal targets, but also able to turn every person into the ideal audience through a series of persuasive yet authentic arguments.
There should only be a limited number of these machines, as the creative overload of perfect pieces of art would ultimately cancel eachother out in the eyes and ears of the unprepared. We need to be introduced to creative perfection slowly. We are not used to master level works of art being disseminated through the popular channels. I suggest just developing one of these machines to start with, and releasing it independently of any studio system, and just letting its work emerge as a natural force.
More to come.
I’ve gotta go look over some complex algorithms.