Tribeca Film Festival Collaborates With IBM To Introduce AI Tech For Storytellers

Tribeca Film Festival Collaborates With IBM To Introduce AI Tech For Storytellers
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The Tribeca Film Festival and IBM Watson presented a contest for project developers using artificial intelligence to aid creative storytelling

Mario Valdivieso
  • 20 july 2017

The digital age has had a profound influence on how we tell stories, especially through visual media. The Tribeca Film Festival has embraced the role technology is playing in the world of cinema, particularly with the collection of VR films it has exhibited in recent years. Recently, the festival joined forces with IBM to allow five creative developers to pitch ideas for Storytellers With Watson: A Competition for Innovation.

The competition was sponsored by IBM Watson, the company’s AI branch. Storytellers from a range of creative fields were invited to participate, with the finalists including a filmmaker, a professional dancer and a 3D animation artist. Using IBM Watson technology, these creators came up with ideas with the intention of inspiring and helping artists get their voices heard.

One pitch proposed a program that would turn a written script into an audio file, read by machine but with human-like emotion, using Watson Text to Speech and Tone Analyzer. Its intended users would be producers and casting directors choosing scripts and actors. Other ideas involved a professional dance program that uses visual recognition technology to capture images of a single dancer to design group dance formations and a program using AI technology to create personalized marketing campaigns based on “emotional levers.”

The winner of this year’s Storytellers with Watson went to a program called ‘Rip-O-Matics With Watson.” This idea, developed by Seth Grossman, would essentially allow the user to assemble short clips that best convey a story idea for a film. Using just written descriptions and Watson’s image recognition, this program could give filmmakers the exact images they need to make a preview of their vision, enabling them to enhance their film pitches to executives. Grossman will receive an IBM internship that will help him refine the idea and then eventually bring it to life. With the help of Tribeca and IBM, these are just some of the ideas that might form the future of creativity and art.

Tribeca Film Festival | IBM


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The digital age has had a profound influence on how we tell stories, especially through visual media. The Tribeca Film Festival has embraced the role technology is playing in the world of cinema, particularly with the collection of VR films it has exhibited in recent years. Recently, the festival joined forces with IBM to allow five creative developers to pitch ideas for Storytellers With Watson: A Competition for Innovation.

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