Sci-fi series, the images of which are completely created by artificial intelligence.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) undoubtedly marks a new era in our technological evolution, especially due to its great versatility and mastery of use, from which the field of art does not escape. AI image generation technologies are making the world dream again as they are used to create a sci-fi series led by a German entrepreneur. With existing tools such as DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, the director has demonstrated that the field of filmmaking is more than ever accessible to the general public without the need for special training in art or artificial intelligence.

AI has now become a real artistic tool, thanks in part to tools like Midjourney or DALLE-2. With simple textual descriptions, these AI-based programs are able to bring the user’s idea to life.

Fabian Stelzer is a German entrepreneur with a basic education in neuroscience who has never had any formal training in art or artificial intelligence. However, he created quality images for his series thanks to Midjourney and other similar programs such as Stable Diffusion and DALL-E 2.

Sequences produced in record time

It all started with a simple image that Stelzer was trying to create, depicting some kind of fictional alien world in the style of the 70s. To create the image, he entered simple texts such as “<ОПИСАНИЕ СЦЕНЫ>still from a 1980s sci-fi film, film capture, photograph, 35mm, grainy, VHS distortion, cinematic lighting.”

Considering the quality of the images he created, he decided to go further by realizing a real story, which he dubbed “Salt”. Each two-minute chapter, which he called “the seeds of a story”, was completed in just 2 hours on average.

The icing on the cake was that he didn’t have to hire someone for “a voice on the air and without it”. They are all fully generated by an AI named Murph, with the exception of Steltzer. “We are really on the threshold of a new era,” says the director. “For me, it’s as important as the invention of photography, and to be honest, maybe as important as the invention of writing,” he adds.

However, AI systems that generate images still cannot animate them. Therefore, the series is produced with still images only. Therefore, for motion effects, the director relied on editing effects and other mini-software to animate characters’ faces.

“Free” art

The story of “Salt” tells of a mysterious harmful salt-like substance used by a mining base that is said to be of extraterrestrial origin. What makes Salt different from traditional films is that the audience gets to choose how the story develops after each chapter is released. The latter, for example, contains a plot: should one of the characters obey an order, disobey, or take a small sample of a salt-like substance before loading it into containers for shipment? To continue the story, Stelzer plans to make multiple endings to satisfy multiple groups of people at the same time.

The head of Salt posted on Twitter.

“I really want to get a ‘director’s cut’ or ‘public cut’ at some point, but the real goal is to go beyond cinema and create something new,” he says. “This would allow everyone in the community to eventually use a model that would allow them to write their own stories,” he concludes.

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