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Cinema & AI

Your weekly CogX newsletter on AI and content creation

This week, South Korea launched their Bifan AI film festival, featuring 15 AI generated short films from the US, Asia, and Europe, competing for $11,000 in prizes. Meanwhile, recent surveys reveal that 36% of the UK are using gen-AI tools, and 79% of US entertainment companies are exploring generative AI. Is it finally time for regulation?

📈 79% of media companies are using AI
Issue 41 • Published June 11, 2024

This week we cover how OpenAI is set to premiere 5 short films at the Tribeca film festival, created by filmmakers with early access to Sora. Plus, all the details of AI used in Mad Max Furiosa, from smoothing the ageing process to creating unique ‘deep fake voices’ in the score.

Meta’s ‘Made with AI’ Mishap 😬
Issue 40 • Published June 4, 2024

This week the world is urging Altman to watch the full movie ‘Her’, as new state-of-the-art tool GPT-4o takes eery inspiration (so much so that Scarlett Johansson is speaking out) without heeding any of the warning. Meanwhile, Hollywood is sneaking AI into post-production undetected as adoption fears and backlash run rampant. Are we at the brink of a filmmaking revolution, or a cautionary tale?...

🧠AI + mind reading = good art?
Issue 39 • Published May 21, 2024

In LA today will be joined by pioneering tech-company Anshar Labs at CogX LA for a session on Driving Innovative Media Strategies with Custom LLMs & AI Powered Insights. Founder and CEO Pinaki Saha will show how their custom LLMs are empowering media companies to unlock the full potential of their content.

🧑‍🎨 AGI vs Humans: who’s a better creative?
Issue 38 • Published May 7, 2024

This week James Cameron predicts his job may be at risk from AI, but that talented actors — like Terminator’s Arnie — are pretty irreplaceable. Meanwhile, the creators behind the short film ‘Air Head’ reveal the strengths (speed + quality) vs weaknesses (pretty much everything else) of OpenAI’s Sora: Will the next Oscar nominee be an AI prodigy, or are we safe to say Hollywood’s heart still beats human?

🤯Coca-Cola + AI = Music?
Issue 37 • Published April 30, 2024

This week it’s bad press for AI as A24's "Civil War" causes controversy with its ‘unnatural’ AI posters while the first fully AI-generated film trailer’s debut isn't winning hearts either, with critics branding it more tacky than techy.

😱Could NVIDIA’s chatty AI ruin gaming for good?
Issue 36 • Published April 23, 2024

This week a new bill passed mandating AI companies to reveal their use of copyrighted art in training data, winning strong support from artists. Meanwhile, the Runway AI Film Festival is set press-on in Los Angeles and New York despite industry concerns… is post-strike Hollywood ready for an AI film fest?

⚡Is post-strike Hollywood ready for an AI film festival?
Issue 35 • Published April 16, 2024

This week, the spotlight is on the clash between AI and the creative industry, with Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, and Stevie Wonder leading over 200 artists in a call for protection against AI's 'predatory' advances. Sam Altman, meanwhile, is in Hollywood arguing that AI will enhance rather than endanger the filmmaking process — will big tech ever listen?

😱 Will Big Tech be the HERO Artists need against ‘Predatory’ AI?
Issue 34 • Published April 9, 2024

This week, OpenAI makes a bold stride into Hollywood — actively courting film studios, directors, and talent agencies, to embed its tool Sora into filmmaking. Post CEO Sam Altman attending all the major award’s seasons parties, could AI be in the game for an Oscar nom?

🤩 OpenAI is going to Hollywood
Issue 33 • Published March 26, 2024

This week, the AI image generation world is abuzz with Midjourney's rollout of its 'Character Reference' feature, a revolutionary new tool for fine-tuning character creations with professional-level precision. Is AI art transitioning from a playful gimmick into a serious creative tool?

🤯Digital Resurrection? The hyperreal Marylin Monroe Chatbot raising ethical questions.
Issue 32 • Published March 19, 2024

This week, the glitz and the glamour of the 96th Academy Awards is just enough to sidestep — if only for a night — the recent industry anxieties brought along by OpenAI’s Sora. However, the Gen-AI cloud looming above can’t be ignored for long, as a disconcerting study reveals people frequently struggle to differentiate between real scenes, and those crafted by Sora. In light of this, how will our ability to trust in film evolve?

😲 Think you can you tell real from AI? This study suggests otherwise
Issue 31 • Published March 12, 2024

This week, the world of audio editing is experiencing a seismic shift with the arrival of Adobe's Project Music GenAI Control. This experimental tool, dubbed the "Photoshop for audio," lets users conjure up music using simple text descriptions, and then fine-tune the results within the same user-friendly interface. Is this the future of music creation?

🎵 The "Photoshop" for music-making? Adobe's wild new AI gets teased
Issue 30 • Published March 5, 2024

This week, the buzz was all about AI shaking up the filmmaking scene with the release of OpenAI’s Sora — a sophisticated AI model capable of producing hyper-realistic videos from text. The tech has both wowed and unsettled creators, sparking a heated debate on the future of creativity and the ethical boundaries of AI in filmmaking. Is this filmmaking’s watershed moment?

🍿 OpenAI’s Sora isn't ready to replace Hollywood… for now
Issue 29 • Published February 20, 2024

This week, AI's impact on creativity spans filmmaking and fashion, with technologies like video diffusion models and neural radiance fields revolutionising movie production and AI-generated designs making waves at London Fashion Week. Is this controversial tech finally being welcomed into the arts?

🍿 Movie buffs, rejoice! This AI tool ensures every film is a hit, not a miss... 🎯
Issue 28 • Published February 13, 2024

This week, Hollywood agency WME and tech firm Vermillio joined forces to launch platform Trace ID to protect celebrities from AI misuse. Meanwhile, studies suggest that 204,000 Hollywood jobs will be displaced from AI within the next 3 years, the majority affecting post-production roles… Whilst stars are being protected against AI, who's looking out for Hollywood's behind-the-scenes crew?

🚨 204,000 Hollywood careers on the line — who's most at risk?
Issue 27 • Published February 6, 2024

This week AI-love is in the air with Sundance's 'Love Me', starring Kristen Stewart, and sci-fi short 'Safe Space’ (check out our ‘In case you missed it’ section) taking us into the complex world of tech and artificial emotions. These films beg the burning question: What can AI teach us about love?

💔 What can AI teach us about love and hate?
Issue 26 • Published January 30, 2024

This week AI is the hot topic at Sundance 2024. Two docs, "Love Machina" and “Eternal You” delve into a dystopian future of digital consciousness and immortality, flirting with the edges of sci-fi and reality. Plus Brian Eno muses on AI’s role in creativity and the use of gen-AI in the “Eno” documentary — also featured at this year's Sundance film festival.

☠️🧪Artists can poison AI with new tool Nightshade
Issue 25 • Published January 23, 2024

This week, Hollywood studios are grappling with AI’s replication of film scenes. Should they sue AI companies or work with them? Meanwhile, the industry examines AI's potential in enhancing scriptwriting. Will we see human-machine interaction boosting the creative sector or is this a first step to full automation?

Will AI scripts be the next trend in Hollywood?
Issue 24 • Published January 16, 2024

Despite a troubling year for streaming, Netflix reigns supreme, with new monetisation schemes doubling their new UK subscribers, despite competitors facing significant losses. Meanwhile, camera titans Canon, Nikon and Sony are joining forces to fight deepfakes through firmware; will this move inspire other tech sectors to take AI safety into their own hands?

👑Netflix is crowned the winner of the 2023 streaming wars
Issue 22 • Published January 3, 2023

This week, Midjourney made headlines on two fronts. Firstly, CEO David Holz announced plans to move from text-to-image to text-to-video, with training to start later in Jan and an expected release set in a few months. However, the company is also facing controversy as news broke that their state-of-the-art model was trained on the works of 16,000 non-consenting artists, including a 6-year-old artist named Hyan Tran.

🇰🇷🤖Will AI change K-cinema? Park Chan-wook weighs in.
Issue 23 • Published January 9, 2024

Are you using AI to get ahead at work? If not, your job may be vulnerable — that’s according to a new report exploring how GenAI will change film and TV. One university is teaching its students to do just that with a new course on how to harness AI in music composition, filmmaking and more.

🚀 AI is changing creative work. Are you missing out?
Issue 21 • Published December 4, 2023

AI in music and video made waves this week. Stability AI unveiled its first open-source foundational model for video generation, while Ringo Starr shot down rumours of AI mimicking John Lennon's voice in their brand new Beatles track. Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA published its post-strike deal highlighting over $1bn in new compensation and AI protections.

Is Stability AI’s new video tool the one gen-AI to rule them all?
Issue 19 • Published November 28, 2023

This week's news is dominated by cutting edge AI, and brewing copyright debates. WMG are using AI to recreate Édith Piaf's voice for a biopic, and Meta unveiled their text-to-animation tool Emu Video. Meanwhile, artists across all industries are calling for urgent copyright reforms to safeguard against AI's unchecked use of copyrighted content.

How will you use YouTube’s new AI tool?
Issue 19 • Published November 21, 2023

After 118-days of striking, SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative deal with Hollywood studios. The agreement includes new compensation for streaming, wage increases and AI usage protections.

SAG-AFTRA end an historic 118-day strike
Issue 18 • Published November 14, 2023

US Senators have begun drafting the “NO FAKES Act,” designed to safeguard performers from unauthorised AI duplications of their likeness and voice. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson is suing the AI application Lisa AI for using her likeness without permission in its advertising. Will this legislation pass quickly enough to help her case?

Silence your snacks with Doritos' new AI for gamers
Issue 17 • Published November 7, 2023

Talks between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP wrapped up this weekend without a final agreement, but hope remains on both sides. Amidst warnings from studios about potential summer 2024 movie disruptions if no settlement is reached soon, union members — including renowned actors — have rallied behind SAG-AFTRA, urging for continued dialogue.

The new AI tool that helps you decide which film to watch
Issue 16 • Published October 31, 2023

SAG-AFTRA is now back at the negotiating table in an attempt to conclude an agreement for actors. Could the Writers Guild agreement form a template for the deal? 

Streaming giants unite
Issue 14 • Published October 3, 2023

Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP picked up pace this week and both sides strive for a resolution. Meanwhile, the rising fear that AI might eclipse human creativity has driven digital rights group Fight for the Future to initiate the #AIdayofaction campaign.

Scorsese’s call to embrace tech
Issue 15 • Published October 10, 2023
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