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Cinema & AI

Your weekly CogX newsletter on AI and content creation

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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