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The End of an Era? Is the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Revolution Exciting or Concerning?

As the world of technology continues to rapidly advance, particularly in the sphere of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the film industry has also begun incorporating AI into all aspects of the filmmaking process, transforming the way in which films are made and seen. For people who may not have a background in technology, it can be challenging to fully understand the implications and potential benefits of using AI within the industry. The prospect sounds both exciting and terrifying at the same time! After all, we don’t want robots taking over Hollywood just yet… do we?!


Artificial Intelligence in film production is no longer something futuristic and is already having a significant impact on the production of films. The integration of AI in the chain of processes and technologies of film production helps to save time and resources and ultimately results in increased revenues.

The following is a short script, generated with my guidance, by a chatbot called ChatGPT, created by OpenAI which describes the current state of the film industry. The developers of ChatGPT predict that the new chatbot version 4 will be at least 500 times more potent by Spring 2023.



A group of FILMMAKERS huddle together in a dimly lit room, discussing their latest project. Suddenly, the door opens, and their PRODUCER enters, a look of concern etched on his face.


Gentlemen, I have some troubling news. The studio has decided to invest in AI technology for script analysis and film production.

The filmmakers exchange worried glances, the sound of raindrops tapping against the window in the background.


What does that mean for us?


It means that many of our jobs will be replaced by AI. It can analyze scripts, predict box office success, and assist in pre-production, production, and post-production with greater accuracy than human analysis. However, certain positions such as directing, cinematography, and sound design will still be crucial to the industry.


But what about creativity? Can AI truly understand the nuances of storytelling?


I understand your concerns, but the decision has been made. We must adapt or be left behind. AI can aid us in finding the best story, the best cast, the best locations, and the best post-production techniques. While it may not possess the same level of creativity as a human, it can help us identify patterns and trends in successful storytelling. It can also assist us in identifying potential plot holes and character development issues. Additionally, it can aid us in understanding our target audience and tailoring our story to better appeal to them.



The filmmakers line up at a JOB FAIR, searching for new opportunities. They all look determined as they come to terms with the industry’s new reality.


I never thought it would happen to me. I always thought my job would be safe, but now I’m just another statistic in the age of AI. I must adapt, learn new skills, and find my place in this new industry.



Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now being utilized in numerous ways within the international film industry, including, but not limited to, the following:

Screenwriting: AI can generate new, original screenplay ideas and complete screenplays using natural language processing and machine learning algorithms. One way to predict the success of a future film using artificial intelligence is the analysis of its screenplay. The working principle is simple: a PDF file containing the screenplay is loaded into the system, and within a few minutes, generates a detailed report which can predict the age rating, analyze characters, indicate protagonists and antagonists, evaluate the emotional state of each character, predict the market audience, including gender and race, and provide an estimate of potential box office revenues.

Casting: AI is also being used to improve the accuracy and efficiency of casting decisions, using past performance data and social media activity, to predict which actors are most likely to be successful in a particular role.

Film Production: Similarly, AI can analyze data, such as audience preferences and box office performance, to help inform studios how to make better decisions regarding producing films capable of generating maximum profitability.

Visual Effects: In addition, AI is being used to enhance  realistic, visual special effects, such as digital characters, objects and locations. VFX has always been an integral part of filmmaking, allowing filmmakers to create worlds and characters that would be impossible to capture on camera. However, creating VFX has traditionally been time-consuming and costly, requiring a large team of artists and technicians. But with the advent of AI, that is all starting to change. One of the most exciting ways AI is being used in VFX is through the creation of photorealistic, digital characters. These characters are visually stunning and can also be animated and controlled in real-time, allowing filmmakers to capture more refined performances. One example of this is the digital character of the young Princess Leia in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Using AI, the filmmakers were able to create a fully digital version of a young Carrie Fisher, allowing her to appear in the film, despite her passing in 2016.


Post-Production: Post- production can be one of the most time-consuming and costly aspects of the filmmaking process and AI algorithms are proving instrumental in helping cut the time and costs involved in these procedures, particularly in the editing and color-correction of films. AI based Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) systems are also being developed to generate dialogue and sound effects automatically. 

Marketing: The importance of marketing in a film’s promotional campaign cannot be underestimated and AI is becoming ever more important in the analysis of data to help studios target their marketing, PR and distribution efforts more effectively.

Virtual Reality: AI can also be used to create more immersive virtual reality experiences for cinema-goers. Through hardware and software engineering, new techniques are currently being developed for improving 3D displays for virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Movie Recommendation: Additionally, AI-based systems are capable of recommending movies to users, based upon their content watch history and preferences, selecting films for viewing which best fit a person’s personal and most current tastes.

Artificial Intelligence is certainly revolutionizing the film industry, from pre-production to post-production and beyond, by making the process more efficient and cost-effective, and introducing new methods of storytelling. However, despite concerns that AI could potentially lead to job losses in many aspects of the film industry, the production of any film involves various professions requiring creativity, imagination, and technical skills, such as directing, acting, cinematography, screenwriting, sound design, and film editing. 

These roles are difficult to replace with AI as they usually need a human touch, empathy, social skills and emotional nuances that AI may require help replicating. Therefore, despite the current, rapid advancements in AI, professions with a need for personal creativity will continue to be relevant and crucial in the future production of films… at least for a short while.