IBM’s supercomputer Watson put together a trailer for new movie “Morgan”. It’s the first AI-created film trailer ever and you can watch it here.
“Morgan” is a 2016 British-American thriller/science fiction film directed by Luke Scott in his directorial debut and written by Seth Owen.
The film features an ensemble cast, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Mara, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti.
In the movie, a corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.
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20th Century Fox asked IBM to use Watson, its supercomputer, to build a trailer from the final version of the movie.
To do this, Watson first had to learn all about trailers for movies of the same genre. It was fed a hundred film trailers so it could analyse their aural and visual cues, identifying the sounds, images and emotions that are usually found in suspenseful trailers.
Then it analysed “Morgan” in its entirety and identifies the key moments in the plot that it wanted in the trailer. Only the final act of putting all of Watson’s selections together required human intervention.
So, how do you think Watson did?
The trailer composed by Watson certainly feels familiar. It features the usual types of scenes and narrative devices that have become standard in the genre: the calm before the storm, the growth in intensity, the eerie soundtrack and ominous vibe.
But is the purpose of film trailer just to repeat the same old conventions that are used over and over again?
Watson did well at recreating something it saw a lot of times, but the real surprise would have been to see a computer create a truly original piece, using its own thoughts and sensibilities. We’re still a long way away from that though.
Watch Watsons trailer for “Morgan” here: