A scene from the film “The Safe Zone” written and directed by artificial intelligence. (Screenshot from the Facebook post of Richard Juan)
LOS ANGELES — 28 Squared Studios and Moon Ventures are excited to announce the release of “The Safe Zone”, the first ever short film written and directed by artificial intelligence.
In “The Safe Zone”, siblings Emily, Lucy, and Jake must decide which one of them will be admitted to the only safe place left in a world overrun by AI. The film was written using the AI chatbot ChatGPT, a prototype developed by OpenAI which specializes in dialogue.
“AI is going to revolutionize the way we make films,” says Richard Juan, CEO of 28 Squared Studios. “It’s going to help filmmakers save time and resources by automating certain tasks, help spark new creative ideas and really give us new ways to tell stories.”
“The chatbot produced a 5-minute script, a shot list with detailed instructions on how to shoot the film,” said Richard Juan, co-producer and CEO of 28 Squared Studios. “Can you believe the AI was able to give us specific camera movements, lighting requirements and even wardrobe requirements!”
“Not only that, we were able to even get prompts that we used to generate a whole storyboard with the help of Dall-E 2!”
The goal of “The Safe Zone” is to showcase the collaboration between humans and AI in the creation of quality content. The film also gives a glimpse of the potential for AI and humans to work together in the creative field. “When we had something unsure during the shoot, we’d ask the AI for instructions,” Richard adds.
Through the story of a world where AI has taken over, the film aims to encourage the world to discuss how we can leverage this exciting technology yet also put guardrails in place so the dystopian future doesn’t become a reality.
The cast of “The Safe Zone” includes several award winning actors and actresses: Denise Laurel, a Filipino actress, host, content creator, and singer; Richard Juan, an actor, host, and entrepreneur; and Angelia Ong, a TV host, international model, and winner of Miss Earth 2015. Odyssey Flores, a critically acclaimed cinematographer with award-winning work on films like “Lola” and “The Unseen”, did the cinematography for the film.
“For this film, our AI was able to produce a heart wrenching script in a matter of seconds,” says co-producer Aaron Kemmer, founder of AI assistant company Magic as well as Moon Ventures. “From conceptualization, to casting, filming and editing the final cut, it took us only a week in total to bring the AI’s vision to life.
“For the future of the entertainment industry, you can see this technology leading to personalized movies,” Kemmer says. “For example, eventually, you’ll be able to ask AI for any variation of any film you’ve ever wanted. If you want to see Tom Cruise play as Iron Man fighting Darth Vader, you’ll be able to ask the AI to create it instantly.”
“The Safe Zone” is released on YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We invite audiences to join us in this exciting exploration of the intersection of artificial intelligence and storytelling.
“As we move into the future, AI will help us solve complex problems and innovate across all sectors – from content creation to healthcare to education to legal and more,” Kemmer says.
As an example of how AI is changing the approach to the creative sector, this entire press release was written by AI – including the quotes of Kemmer and Juan (with their edits and approval, of course).
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