A tech entrepreneur Fabian Stelzer is creating an entire movie using generative AI art models, deepfake programs, and artificial voices created by AI.
German tech entrepreneur Fabian Stelzer who has a background in neuroscience but has never worked on a film production before is working on creating an entire movie using generative AI art models as well as artificial voices created by AI.
The film is called SALT, and it is a 70s-style sci-fi movie that is being published on Twitter in short clips that Stelzer calls "story seeds." The project is built entirely with AI-generated art with Stelzer creating the visuals using publicly available programs like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and DALL-E 2 and making the feeling of motion through video editing and several deepfake programs.
Additionally, all the voices in the movie (except one, which is Stelzer's voice) are created artificially using an AI voice generator called Murf.
Another unusual thing about the movie is that it is not really a "film" in its traditional meaning. The first "story seed" introduces viewers to the movie characters – space travelers who come across a strange planet filled with bizarre salt that grows everywhere. However, other episodes are being created according to a public vote as Stelzer lets his Twitter followers decide which direction the film will go in after each story seed.
Speaking to PC Magazine, Stelzer noted that though he had never considered himself an artist, he saw the potential of AI-based programs which, according to him, will soon make movie-making available to the masses.
"We're on the verge of a new era, really," he told PC Magazine. "To me this is as big as the invention of photography, and to be honest maybe as big as the invention of writing," later adding that "all big things start as experiments."
Stelzer shared that his further plans also include creating a "Director's Cut" or a "Community's Cut" but the key goal of SALT, according to him, was to "transcend the medium of film into something new" and "enable everyone in the community to eventually use a model that lets them write their own scenes."
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