Writing a movie script needs two things: one, a flair for writing, and, two, creativity. Benjamin displayed these very qualities when he wrote a script for a short sci-fi film called ‘Sunspring’.
H: “I saw him again. The way you were sent to me…that as a big honest idea. I am not a bright light.” C: “Well, I have to go to the skull. I don’t know.”
H: “I saw him again. The way you were sent to me…that as a big honest idea. I am not a bright light.”
C: “Well, I have to go to the skull. I don’t know.”
Benjamin is, therefore, the first AI to write a script for a movie no matter how disjointed it is.
The script of the film. YouTube
Benjamin was created by Ross Goodwin, a New York University AI researcher. It is a Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) recurring neural network which was fed tons of scripts of sci-fi movies including critically acclaimed films such as ‘Brazil’ and blockbusters like Jurassic Park series.
Directed by Oscar Sharp, the script had only three main characters – two male and one female. The sentence “I don’t know” features recurringly in the film, which Sharp explains is when characters question the environment much like what we see in most sci-fi films.
In one of the scenes Middleditch’s characters regurgitates an eyeball for no apparent reason.
What is remarkable, though, is that Benjamin has been able to write a script that makes some sense if the dialogues are not taken at literally. When seen in isolation, the sentences can be interpreted in any number of ways, but are not entirely out of place. It becomes out of sync only when taken together as dialogue.
The names of the characters are H, H2 and C (the female). Ars Technica writes that Benjamin was unable to assign proper names so assigned initials to the characters. In fact, both males were named H, one of which was later altered by Sharp.