The question behind Campari Red Diaries: Fellini Forward is whether AI can be trained to not just imitate Fellini’s oeuvre but extend it into new and original work.
We haven’t seen the film or documentary, as it wasn’t made available to the press ahead of its premiere, but the film is set in Rome and explores Fellini’s life, work, and dreams as if with Fellini’s own flair.
“We used AI algorithms on a selection of Fellini’s past movies and scripts in order to extract a rich data set and establish patterns that could ascertain Fellini’s signature creative decisions,” D’Souza says.
“The first was to analyze Fellini’s past movies and scripts to extract what makes them Felliniesque.
The second was to then use this data to generate suggestions for the creation of this new short film infused with the flavor of Fellini.
UNIT9 created a custom tool to handle original script generation, building on OpenAI’s GPT-2 (they would have used GPT-3, but it wasn’t out in 2019 when the project started development).
UNIT9 deployed some existing off-the-shelf algorithmic-building tools (TensorFlow, PyTorch) but also created several new ones from scratch.
“We developed a key tool for ‘pre-visualization,'” says D’Souza, “which generated a sequence of camera shots and cuts, then assessed them against Fellini’s visual language style, before we committed to shooting them.
Campari Red Diaries: Fellini Forward will now head to its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
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