One of the leading technical colleges in America is proudly going a little bit Hollywood. Three University of Advancing Technology Digital Video alumni—Killian Davies, Robert San Pedro and Patrick Kebert—used their skills learned at to create an award-winning military-themed short film, Instinct.
A filmmaker and a technologist walk into a film challenge...
Technologist Ross Goodwin and Director Oscar Sharp combined their professions to create an AI that could write a screenplay. Feeding the neural network hundreds of Sci-Fi scripts like 2001 A Space Odyssey, Alien, Blade Runner, Fifth Element, Avengers, Ghostbusters, Hellboy, and a ton other recognizable names, "Jetson," the AI, wrote a script. Interestingly enough, by the time Jetson was finished writing the script, he actually requested to be called "Benjamin."
In 2014 I saw an independent documentary that has always stayed with me to this very day. I saw the film just before I was about to head to the U.S in pursuit of my film career. Part of me was a little terrified at the prospect of leaving my home and trying to find my footing as a filmmaker in another country.
It seems like only yesterday that the UAT Digital Video team were driving out to the Casa Grande location to setup the first shot of Toppled. A month or so later, the trailer for Toppled has been officially released online and the hype has already begun.
The backbone of any filmic medium is the script. When I first embarked on my endeavor to make a
serious short film, I had no clue whatsoever about the art of script writing. My High School at the time didn’t offer any form of education related to the formatting, grammar and skills needed to write a proper film screenplay.