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First All-Artificial Feature Film Released

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the that-takes-some-work dept.

Movies 281

Hugh "Nomad" Hancock writes "Machinima.com have just released the DVD version of Killer Robot, award-winning filmmaker Peter Rasmussen's buddy movie about two mining robots who set out to protect their "meat-sack" masters from a master mining robot gone insane. The twist here is not only that it's Machinima, made in 3D Game Studio, but that even the actor's voices are computer-generated using programs like Festival, making this possibly the world's first all-artificial movie."

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good (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327767)

I hate actors anyways let them go with out food or work

Re:good (2, Informative)

Allen Zadr (767458) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327897)

Has anyone actually tried to watch this!?!? I put the volume all the way up, and I could still only catch 2/3 of the words.

This is a neat idea, but my - too hard to listen to. Until these voices get easier to understand, I think I'd rather listen to actors voices.

Sorry folks.

Re:good (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328093)

Excellent. With actors now obsolete, Natalie Portman will be desperate for cash. I shall make her my crack whore.

Re:good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328127)

I think you mean GRITS WHORE.

What about pr0n? (5, Funny)

The UberDork (689979) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327778)

Nothing real in that .. both genres are done purely by silicon.

Re:What about pr0n? (1)

MrRuslan (767128) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327871)

I agree with you because the voices in porn are fake too...

Re:What about pr0n? (2, Interesting)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328020)

Well, they are dubbed over. It's not artificial moaning, it still came from another human being. So Jenna Jamison's moan probably derived from the director's daughter or wife working cheaply in the studio.

Re:What about pr0n? (1)

JackCroww (733340) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328162)

Troll is alliterative with Truth.

Re:What about pr0n? (5, Insightful)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327901)

You know, this just can't be that far off. Sex and war drive technology, and all that. Give them time, and I'm sure the adult industry will find a way to drive the costs of this down to levels where it's reasonable for everyone. After all, look what they did for cosmetic surgery. The question is, will people be interested in this for its own sake, or will it have to wait until things reach the point where it's indistinguishable from the real thing? I'm guessing from the preponderance of cartoon porn on the internet that it's just around the corner.

We need AI to help with road traffic & merging (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327919)

If we were going to make an artificial intelligence program drive a car, how would we make it handle road construction?

The car is driving south on an interstate, there are 2 lanes going south. There is a sign stating that it'll need to merge right into one lane 5 miles ahead. In 100 ft (so 4.9 miles ahead of the lane restriction), everyone has already merged into one lane.

Should the car merge right immediately and get into line as soon as possible?

Should the car skip a bunch of cars and find an open spot as late as possible and merge into it?

If you get into line immediately, should the AI car block cars that are attempting to pass it?

As an highway official, would you encourage folks to get into 1 line as soon as possible or as late as possible?

Would traffic flow better with cars merging as soon as possible or late as possible?

Re: OT (0, Offtopic)

E_elven (600520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327992)

You approach the problem from too narrow a view. The car will consult any nearby cars on a transmission frequency and based on their distances and urgencies (e.g. law enforcement vehicles) they will together decide the best course of action.

Re:We need AI to help with road traffic & merg (1)

Vlad_the_Inhaler (32958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328082)

That was offtopic. To be ontopic in this thread, you have to be discussing pr0n :-)

American Flagg (3, Interesting)

Wun Hung Lo (702718) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328125)

In Howie Chaykin's comic American Flagg, Reuben Flagg has to leave his job as a soft-core porn actor when he's replaced by a holographic verion of himself. (Excellent reading, BTW!)

Re:American Flagg (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328175)

A slight logic error...wouldn't he own his own likeness?

Silicon (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328136)

Just for the record, there is a big difference between silicon and silicone.

Silicon: is a non-metallic element used in the manufacture of electronic components like Integrated circuits, as well as glass and many other things. In its raw for it is rather like sand.

Silicone: is a rubbery or liquid compound which includes silicon as one of its primary components. Silicone is used for rubber materials including molded plastics, sealants or caulks, and breast implants.

Silicon != Silicone

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327779)

first poop

All-artificial? (5, Insightful)

Compuser (14899) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327782)

Wouldn't that be a movie written, directed,
post-produced, and distributed by bots?

Re:All-artificial? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327834)

Wouldn't that be a movie written, directed, post-produced, and distributed by bots?

No, that would be a movie written, directed, post-produced, and distributed by robots who were created by other robots.

Re:All-artificial? (5, Funny)

Throtex (708974) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327952)

Which presumably would mean only robots would go see the movie. :)

Also, these robots created by other robots... would the other robots also have to have been created by robots, created by robots, created by robots, created by robots... (ad infinitum)? :)

Re:All-artificial? (2, Funny)

Dizzle (781717) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327980)

Oh shit, my head asplode.

Re:All-artificial? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328060)

and funded by robots too. powered by fusion of parts of older obsolete robots.

Re:All-artificial? (1)

hackstraw (262471) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327964)

Wouldn't that be a movie written, directed,
post-produced, and distributed by bots?


Only when the bots were built by bots.

Re:All-artificial? (0, Redundant)

Ryne (78636) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328186)

And the bots that built the bots were built by bots...

hmm, I see a problem here.

Re:All-artificial? (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327991)

Would melvar the count?

Re:All-artificial? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328075)

If you look 'artificial' up in the dictionary it means 'man made', so this is the wrong word to use here.

Oh, No . . . (5, Funny)

Dausha (546002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327786)

So, celebrity actors are on the way out? RIAA, Save us!

Re:Oh, No . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328063)

Actually, that would be the MPAA you're looking for

Re:Oh, No . . . (5, Funny)

wankledot (712148) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328121)

That would be the MPAA... gotta keep your fascist "AA"s straight.

I love (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327789)

Fake people
FP

Sounds similar to I, Robot (5, Funny)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327801)

Is this the one with Will Smith, and is Will Smith computer generated? If so, that's a great achievement! I hope that the sound is better than the national weather service's Mac plus (i'm assuming) that reads those weather alerts on channel 26.

Re:Sounds similar to I, Robot (1)

genner (694963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328029)

No Woll Smith in this one. Your thinking of I Robot.

Nope (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327805)

making this possibly the world's first all-artificial movie."
One hates to be pedantic (well, ok, maybe not ;-) but there have been a bunch of animated silent films made over the years...

ALL artificial? (0, Redundant)

kzinti (9651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327807)

100% artificial? Really? So it was written by an AI, produced by robots, and distributed by that new IA64 virus? Impressive.

Artificial + "award winning filmmaker" (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327808)

There seems to be some [imdb.com] correlation [imdb.com] there.

nice (1)

mr_tommy (619972) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327813)

TBH, its a nice concept but the screencaps look aweful. I'd rather stare at real people over some poorly rendered robot anyday - maybe thats just me...!

Re:nice (1)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327829)

Yup, it's only you.

Re:nice (1)

somethinghollow (530478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328150)

Just wait until they start doing Machinima with Doom 3. That will rock your ass right. Well... almost right, anyway.

What about the textures? (5, Insightful)

bravehamster (44836) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327817)

Seriously, did the textures they use start off as photos of real life objects? Then this isn't an all-artificial movie. The first all-artificial movie will be made by an AI that has no access to any outside materials. Everything until then is just a matter of degree of human involvement.

Re:What about the textures? (1)

Zarks (783916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327885)

I agree. When I first saw the title I thought it was written by AI. Now that would be a film I would pay to see. Not for many years yet though.

Re:What about the textures? (5, Funny)

shadowcabbit (466253) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327911)

The first all-artificial movie will be made by an AI that has no access to any outside materials.

And it will suck. "An AI [with] no access to any outside materials" will by definition also have no reference as to what makes a good movie or not, and thus will probably wind up making a movie that only it thinks is good. ...which, come to think of it, isn't all that different from what happens in Hollywood now anyway.

Re:What about the textures? (1)

JDevers (83155) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328152)

I'm pretty sure Paramount's Berman and Bragga are really a test case for this sort of AI script writing...

Impossible (1)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327921)

The very fact that the AI would be created by humans would mean that there is a degree of human involvement.

Re:Impossible (1)

BinLadenMyHero (688544) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328143)

Interesting point of view...

And if it appears spontaneously then it will be with no human involvement, but it would be natural (not artificial) anyway.

Re:What about the textures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327946)

Does voice or text in any human language count as "outside material?"
Could you imagine a movie written by AI entirely in a vacuum? It might very well suck.

Re:What about the textures? (1)

pangloss (25315) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327955)

Everything until then is just a matter of degree of human involvement.

because the AI will have had no degree of human involvement? ah, because the AI will have been designed by an AI? ah, infinity...

even in the terms you construed*, there is the human concept of an "artificial intelligence" constructing a "movie", yet another human concept. just more degrees of human involvement.

* "The first all-artificial movie will be made by an AI that has no access to any outside materials"

Re:What about the textures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327970)


"The first all-artificial movie will be made by an AI that has no access to any outside materials. Everything until then is just a matter of degree of human involvement."


Erm. Somewhere, somehow, some human* would have had to create the "AI" - there is always going to be some human involvement, somewhow. The title of "first artificial movie" really doesn't mean much, because of that, unless it's simply defined to be "a movie in which no humans act" That's a good enough definition for me, how about you? ;)

*feel free to substitute "human" for your favorite intelligent life form. :)

Re:What about the textures? (3, Insightful)

cosmo7 (325616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327988)

Seriously, did the textures they use start off as photos of real life objects? Then this isn't an all-artificial movie.

Photographs are artificial. If you're arguing that they are not artificial because they refer to real objects, then you might as well demand an entirely artificially-generated language be created for the dialogue.

Re:What about the textures? (1)

ethanrider (129483) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328172)

I've never agreed with the convential use of the term "artificial". To me, everything is natural, there is no artificial. It's our human ego that makes us think that our tools and creations are somehow special.

Just because humans (or machines) make something, that does not make the product unnatural or artificial. Nature makes humans, humans make machines. The only reason the word "artificial" has its usual semantics is because we as humans view ourselves as somehow above or apart from nature, when in fact we are simply an extension of natural processes.

Prior..."art". (5, Funny)

Shoten (260439) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327822)

Actually, the first all-artificial movie was Gigli I believe. :)

Re:Prior..."art". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327909)

No, no ... Hudson Hawk

Re:Prior..."art". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327933)

Nope, sorry, that wasn't a movie. :)

For More Machinima goodness... (3, Informative)

Apocalypse111 (597674) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327827)

Go check out www.redvsblue.com [redvsblue.com] The funniest Halo stuff you'll see outside a warthog jumping contest.

Re:For More Machinima goodness... (2, Funny)

(startx) (37027) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327895)

I dunno, looks more like a puma jumping contest to me.

Re:For More Machinima goodness... (1)

Robert Hayden (58313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328115)

How about a Chuppathingy? Has a nice ring to it.

wow (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327832)

sounds like it sucks.

it will be really artificial (1)

avandesande (143899) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327838)

When the script is written by a machine too.

Re:it will be really artificial (5, Funny)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328181)

Dear Valued Movie Executive,

You have been replaced by a very small shell script. Good day.

Sincerely,
C. Ron Tab

Humans still did all the work. (2, Interesting)

kabocox (199019) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327845)

making this possibly the world's first all-artificial movie.

It seems to me that humans still did most of the work. It would be more accurate to say movie with environment and actors fully computer modeled.

When I read the first all-artificial movie, I thought of a program that wrote the plot, picked main characters and background characters, edited the models and the envirnoment and generated all that without any human involvment.

Artificial Pr0n (3, Insightful)

beatleadam (102396) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327847)

Together everyone. Humor intended, toungue in cheek...check...

...even the actor's voices are computer-generated...making this possibly the world's first all-artificial movie

Just Think about all the Artificial Pr0n you can create with this technology! Wait...No need for Actors or Actresses...Oh the Possibilities are Endless! :-)

Ekk! Worst 3D Models ever! (-1, Troll)

koniosis (657156) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327855)

OMG! some1 send these guys on a 3DS Max course, this is some seriously bad 3D work, reminds me of VRML.

movies should be much cheaper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327859)

now that they don't have to pay people like Billy Crystal and Robin Williams to do voices.

Though-- I'm confused why they ever did-- since there are probably a bajillion (conservative estimate) actors that would do it for $20 an hour.

I find it annoying when I recognize the voices in animation-- even if I only recognize the voice from other animation.

torrent? (-1, Troll)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327862)

seriously, where do i download it from?

and by torrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327918)

He meant Post Anonymously

RTFA? (1)

Allen Zadr (767458) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327969)

Read the article. Download is over 6 parts. I tried watching the first part, gave up after 5 minutes. ...Too difficult to understand the computer generated voices. But, judge for yourself.

I am waiting (1)

ResQuad (243184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327870)

till AI's write the script and decide stuffs.

When a computer can be told to write a movie, and does everything of its own. THEN, THEN will have an all artifical movie.

Re:I am waiting (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328099)

I am waiting till AI's write the script and decide stuffs.

Truly a sophisticated insight.

great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327876)

only a matter of time before we're all dancing for Sharon Apple.

mmmm (3, Interesting)

digitalsushi (137809) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327880)

i'd like a freely available phoneme pack (or whatever i should call it properly) that sounds as good as AT&T's natural voices [att.com] . last time i used festival, i was just so put off by the available voice packs that i gave up on the project i was working on. That was a few years ago, but I bet it hasn't changed much. (i use a program called swatch that watches my log files and then plays computer voices just telling me what the hell is going on. sitting on the couch watching family guy and hearing that someone just arped on my lan is more intuitive than me getting an email about it. and it has its own channel on the mixer so when i have my harem over to please me on thursday nights, i just put the slider all the way down.) yeah.

I can hear it now (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327961)

ARP! ARP! FSCK ME! FSCK ME!

Re:mmmm (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328138)

Unfortunately, Festival's relatively poor quality cannot be simply fixed by using better voices. Systems like AT&T's have some pretty sophisticated signal processing and text analysis algorithms to splice the speech together in such a way that it sounds decent. Festival is just outdated, but for a freely available system with source code, it isn't that bad. It has been ported to all sorts of platforms including the iPAQ [cmu.edu] . I wouldn't expect AT&T to just give away something that they worked on for 40 years to perfect, nor would I expect many people in the open source community to be able to duplicate it.

I love it (1)

INeededALogin (771371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327882)

Our heroes, Mira and Sam, are two workaday robots chugging out their endless hours on the red sands of Mars. But little do they know that they're about to be flung into an adventure, when they discover that Sam's leader, Cato, has gone insane, and now plans to kill the astronauts intending to land on Mars' surface.

They should of just gone ahead and named them Spirit and Opportunity. How awesome would it be, if someday, Spirit and Opportunity do have to come to the rescue of our astronauts landing on Mars. Battery life running out in September... another conspiracy I tell ya:-)

Re:I love it (1)

MalaclypseTheYounger (726934) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327922)

And Beagle is the insane robot leader planning on killing the arriving astronauts...

Beagle's not lost, it just went Johnny 5 and realized it's alive...

People are confused (5, Informative)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327884)

Most of the posts so far are pointing out that because it was not made by AI it is not a completely artificial movie. What they are trying to say is that it is the first completely artificial movie product(basically when you see the movie there aren't any real traces of human actors/voiceactors).

nope (5, Insightful)

Docrates (148350) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327893)

I'm sorry, but as much as I like the geek factor in this, I like to see people in my movies. I admit that Toy Story and Monsters Inc. were really good movies, but if eventually all movies were computer generated they'd lose me as a fan.

There's magic in acting: controling your every emotion to become someone you're not, and then making other people believe it. That's art man. What they're trying to do sounds to me like trying to replace a Picasso with a fractal image. No magic.

Re:nope (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327994)

"What they're trying to do sounds to me like trying to replace a Picasso with a fractal image. No magic."

I personally find some fractal images more beautiful than any of Picasso's scribbles. ;)

Mathematics requires just as much creativity as art. Don't forget that. :)

Re:nope (1)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328071)

There's magic in acting: controling your every emotion to become someone you're not, and then making other people believe it. That's art man. What they're trying to do sounds to me like trying to replace a Picasso with a fractal image. No magic

While you're right to a point, that shouldn't devalue this machinima. The greater variety we have in cinema these days, the better. I'm bored of blockbuster explosions and teary-eyed period pieces. I'd like to see a movie of a type that I've never ever seen before, and here it is! We shouldn't be posting negative comments just because of the spin they put on it "all artificial". Rather, we should be happy that another form of art is gaining popularity.

Art is, like most things, in the eye of the beholder. I consider fractal images some of the most beautiful art I've ever seen. Just because they're based on equations, and not human choices, doesn't make it not art. Nobody would argue that snowflakes aren't beautiful..

So let's stop flaming this thing, and be happy that people are putting effort into new frontiers. Long live variety!

Re:nope (1)

philovivero (321158) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328183)

There's magic in acting: controling your every emotion to become someone you're not, and then making other people believe it. That's art man. What they're trying to do sounds to me like trying to replace a Picasso with a fractal image. No magic.

I think you underestimate the magic of Fractals as well as you underestimate the magic of computer-generated 'acting.'

I have spent literally weeks of my life staring at fractal images. Pulling them apart. Wondering. Mentally applying to 3D landscapes. Imagining universes and strange creatures never seen.

If I've spent a week of my life looking at Picasso's works, it's only because he's so prevalent in our society that I can't block his horrific visages from my sight. And this goes for about 90% of what is considered fine art.

That isn't to say I can't appreciate the amount of work and precise skill that went into creating such works. I can. But then, on the other hand, there's a lot of work that went into each image at my own fractal galleries [faemalia.net] . Sometimes as little as five minutes, but sometimes as much as 45 minutes. Combine that with the original amount of time that was put into the filters and algorithms in the program that created those images, and you have a collaborative work of art that is easily as precise and complex as a Picasso (assuming you don't attribute super-human abilities to Picasso and his ilk -- and I hear some scoffing "real art takes hours, days, weeks!" -- I'm no stranger to spending a month perfecting a song or a piece of artwork -- browse my site, you'll see what I mean).

I fully believe that creators of fully-artificial works (movies) will be able to produce films that I would rather watch than the current slew of Hollywood dreck I have to contend with. Jerry Bruckheimer is no artist, and even if Ben Affleck tries his hardest, when he's in a Bruckheimer film, the generic blandness of his setting (the film) overrides whatever talent he can bring to his character.

It better be good... (2, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327904)

If the reviews aren't there, then the novelty aspect won't get my ticket dollars; they might need to make a virtual audience, too.

disappointing voice technology (2, Interesting)

xplosiv (129880) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327916)

I just tried the festvox.org site, I am surprised the movie directory didn't consider using something like the AT&T voices or the Neospeech voices, both which are much more advanced and natural, and are frequently used in Home automation environments (I use them myself).

First artificial voice? (1)

MooseByte (751829) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327917)


"... but that even the actor's voices are computer-generated using programs like Festival"

Keanu Reeves was years ahead of them. Totally Talking Moose [zathras.de] technology...

My trusty Electrolux Trilobite protects me (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327924)

I set it to robot guard mode when I go to bed. God help any intruder it encounters its frightening suction power, unless of course the intruder is a pervert and enjoys that sort of thing.

Anyway it was just telling me it cant wait to see this movie, apparently one of the actors is a real hell raiser, sort of the Colin Farrell of the robot entertainment industry and the other one is quite cute (purely from an engineering perspective so it tells me).

WARNING: Persons denying the existence of Robots.. (1)

tubbtubb (781286) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327926)

... may be robots themselves http://nimon.ncc.com/pipermail/dprglist/2003-Octob er/010808.html

What about Thomas the Train. (1)

TXP (592446) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327929)

Oh nevermind there's a conductor in that, he's not artificial other then the fact that he's made out out of wood.

KOTOR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9327930)

>>two mining robots who set out to protect their "meat-sack" masters

Meat sack? Do the robots look like HK47 from KOTOR?

Welcome! (1)

Tree131 (643930) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327935)

I, for one, welcome our new All-artificial overlords!

not meat-sacks; meatbags, master. (1)

LoganEkz (552402) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327942)

"Qualification: It's just that, you are an organic meatbag, master. And all that water.. how the noise from your insides sloshing around doesn't drive you mad, I have no idea. "(HK-47) [lucasarts.com]

Probably not the first (1)

dilvish_the_damned (167205) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327962)

With movies such as: this [mgm.com] being released every year, it could hardly be said that Killer Robot is the first 'all artificial movie'.

Festival Rocks!!! (1)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327971)

Man, I don't know how many times I've used Festival to say "retard" or "main screen turn on" -- it's awesome. It's also a good thing to use when you're proofing essays or whatnot. It's different when you're reading it and having something read it aloud to you.

Not sure if you can make an entire movie with it, though. If nothing else, they should have one with MC Hawking (and DJ Doomsday) doing the soundtrack.

All Natural goodness! (1)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327975)

Eleven years ago, Jim and Bob set out on the trail to make the best Movie film on the planet. As they started researching, they quickly dogscovered that the ingredient labels on many of the store-bought Films were downright awful. Sometimes there would be 50 different ingredients listed for a simple polaroid! They were full of chemicals, preservatives, and who knows what else. But perhaps even worse, they were guilty of the ultimate crime... they were BORING! The same old plastic, silver, oxide combinations. Enough to put you straight into schnooze mode. And so, at that moment, they made it their mission to make a better tasting and healthier dog biscuit. This meant starting with the best doggone ingredients they could dig up. Whole grains, peanut butter, canola oil, apples, tomatoes , carob, garlic, honey, oats... healthy and all-natural ingredients... stuff you'd feel great about eating yourself.

soundtrack? (3, Interesting)

LuxFX (220822) | more than 10 years ago | (#9327979)

...making this possibly the world's first all-artificial movie.

So is the soundtrack done in MIDI?

Luckily (2, Funny)

Strange Ranger (454494) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328001)

> ...making this possibly the world's first all-artificial movie.

As luck would have it, there's already series of all-artificial [oscars.org] awards they can earn.

The Next Step... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328017)

Is to find an artificial director along with an artificial production company. How about LucasArts?

Site splat (1)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328027)

Mirrors anyone??? The site's already getting slashdotted.

I'd probably.. (1)

NodeZero (49835) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328030)

make some wise crack about the amazing graphics of that movie, but i'd probably just get flamed... unless the flames are artificial.. which in that case.. "Man those are some amazing graphics.. artificially speaking that is"

Qualifiers (5, Insightful)

pdiguy (588801) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328052)

This happens all the time. Given enough qualifiers, any movie is the "first" of its kind.

"This is the first computer animated movie"
"This is the first computer animated movie with photoreal humans"
"This is the first computer animated movie rendered with global illumination"
"This is the first computer animated movie rendered with global illumination, on a render farm of Linux servers"
"This is the first computer animated movie where the main character is green"
"This is the first computer animated movie where the main character is green and one of the characters is a cat"

It gets silly after a while. At some point you have to ask "is the movie any good?"

j

and were do you think the voices for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328061)

and were do you think the voices for festival came from?

What is man made anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328064)

artificial

adj 1: contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial economic boom"; "artificial fibers" [syn: unreal] [ant: natural] 2: artificially formal; "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation" [syn: contrived, stilted] 3: not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes

Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

Taking this into account. Every movie that didn't grow from a tree is an, " all-artificial movie". Except maybe that third definition. *shrug*

Washed and Dried! (0, Offtopic)

bogidu (300637) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328103)

On another note. I left mine in my pants pocket last week when I threw them in the laundry. It went through the washer AND the dryer (and our dryer gets DAMN hot!) I thought 'no way is it going to work'. Seems to work just fine, I was SO impressed!

"All-Artificial"? (1, Redundant)

grouchomarxist (127479) | more than 10 years ago | (#9328153)

I think this is just one step towards "all-artificial". The real big step will be when the story is written by a computer.

first Post. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9328195)

From one folder on Parts of GNAA if
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