Sunspring—a sci-fi film script written by AI

What if you were to feed a long short-term memory (LSTM) recurrent neural network (essentially, a deep-learning artificial intelligence engine) a bunch of science fiction screenplays and set it to work writing an original screenplay.

Then what if you gathered a cast and crew for one day and attempted to film the result.

The result is Sunspring (2016). It is a thing of beauty. You can read the script at docdroid. And watch it on YouTube.

It only has five pages. There are two characters called H. A couple of times it gets into a bit of a loop with folks simply telling each other they have no idea what is going on. Fair enough, neither do we.

My children and I have spent much of this week quoting parts of it. For example, I was standing in the Co-op today when I suddenly said to Isaac, “In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood. That’s the first thing I can do.”

Isaac looked at me and said, “I don’t know anything about any of this.”

“What do you mean?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

“I know that.”

“I don’t know.”

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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