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Impossible Things Is Horror Film Co-Written by a Machine

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We’re all for innovation and new and creative ways to tell stories, so the idea of using artificial intelligence to help write a feature film is pretty damn awesome.

Impossible Things is the first movie co-written by a machine, and you can back it here.

From the Press Release:
Producers of the first film to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help develop the storyboarding and plot twists and ensure there’s a demographic market to make the finished product a success have launched a Kickstarter campaign to reach backers for the new movie-making technology.

“Our AI software can provide powerful insights to everyone involved in filmmaking,” said Greenlight Essentials Founder and CEO Jack Zhang. “It not only evaluates and suggests plot twists and deviations, it also suggests which type of actors and actresses would make the movie more appealing, specific plot and cast combinations, and even helps us find the right target market for the film to be successful.”

Zhang, a mathematician who previously worked in the technology and finance industries, created and developed the patent pending data analytic process to begin the production of Impossible Things – a horror movie that the AI indicates will be very successful among female moviegoers under the age of 25.

“Impossible Things was engineered with our AI, which can understand the relationship between movie plots and audience taste,” Zhang said. “We used it to generate the premise and the key plot points of the film. Before a single word was written, our AI told us that if we wanted to match audience taste, we needed to make a horror film that featured both ghosts and family relationships and that a piano scene and a bathtub scene would need to be used in the movie trailer to increase the likelihood that our target audience would like it.”

When the company aired the trailer for Impossible Things on its Facebook Page, Zhang says the AI-suggested key scenes “exploded,” with more than 100,000 views on the social media site – and very positive comments from fans who are mostly young females under the age of 25.

Zhang says he created the idea of using AI because “the traditional creative process used today in filmmaking does not take advantage of the vast amount of data and information available today.”

“A little over 85 percent of movies made today don’t make a profit in box office, which is the result of a mismatch between the movies being produced and audiences’ tastes,” he said. “With Impossible Things, what you’re seeing is the merging of Big Data and filmmaking to result in an entertainment product that will entertain and be successful with a certain segment of filmgoers.”

Depending on their level of support, crowdfunding backers can receive a variety of products and recognition, including:

  • A digital copy of the script
  • A digital high-definition copy of the film
  • An exclusive backers’ T-shirt
  • A DVD or Blu-ray version of the film with rare deleted scenes
  • Full access to Greenlight Essentials AI software for six months to help potential movie-makers develop their own film
  • On-screen credit when the movie is released
  • An associate producer credit when it appears on IMDb and on its Blu-ray cover
  • Two premiere tickets
  • A “mysterious” prop that was used in the actual movie

For more information and to support this project and be part of movie-making history, visit Greenlight Essentials’ Impossible Things crowdfunding page on Kickstarter.

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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Exclusive: Cadabra Brings Chilling Eeriness With M.R. James’ Casting the Runes

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For those who haven’t heard of them, Cadabra Records is a boutique record label that specializes in creating audio plays of fantastic horror stories. They did it with The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers and have done stories from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. Today, we’re thrilled to help them announce their new project, which is a full cast audio play of M.R. James’ Casting the Runes. Below is an audio sample, which give you a taste of the magnificent scope of the production.

Starring David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek, In The Mouth of Madness), produced by Bleak December, and adapted by Anthony D.P. Mann, the limited edition vinyl will be released on January 26th with the first edition of 500 copies to be pressed on 150-gram colored vinyl and housed in deluxe heavy weight gatefold tip-on jacket with newly commissioned art by Adam Burke.

Speaking about lending his voice to Casting the Runes, Warner states, “I was brought up only with radio, so it means so much to me to be able to imagine for myself what is being presented. And we can all imagine differently what is being presented to us via audio and radio, and that’s what the magic of it is – our own imaginations are able to take over. As an actor (and a voice actor, sometimes), I’m so glad to be able to contribute to peoples’ visual take on whatever it is we’re presenting. I just think it’s so invaluable, you know – the images and dreams in the mind.

You can follow Cadabra through their official website, Twitter, and Instagram. To order any of their records, head on to their online store.

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Beyond Skyline Clip Is Blinded by the Light

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Vertical Entertainment just dropped a new clip from the upcoming sequel Beyond Skyline (review), and we have it for you right here.

Visual effects artist and original Skyline screenwriter Liam O’Donnell directs the surprisingly well-received installment starring Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy & Election Day), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jonny Weston (Project Almanac), and Iko Uwais (The Raid).

Beyond Skyline will not be getting a wide theatrical release. Instead, Vertical Entertainment will release the sequel on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD on January 16th.

Synopsis:
When the population of Los Angeles is vacuumed off the face of the Earth, Detective Mark Corley storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. But after crashing the ship in Southeast Asia, he must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.

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