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Sunspring (2016)

A computer generated the screenplay for this short science fiction film.


Oscar Sharp


Benjamin (as Benjamin, a system-on-chip [SOC] computer with graphics processing unit [GPU], running a 'long short term memory' [LSTM] recurrent neural network [RNN])


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Complete credited cast:
Thomas Middleditch ... H
Humphrey Ker Humphrey Ker ... C
Elisabeth Gray ... H


A computer generated the screenplay for this short science fiction film.

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Short | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

9 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The screenplay was written by an artificial intelligence. The goal of the film was to see if a computer could write a screenplay that could win a competition. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening titles read:

Just above your smartphone keyboard lives an artificial intelligence. It was trained on lots of texts and emails, And tries to guess what you'll type next.

We were curious what would happen if we trained this kind of software on something else;

Science fiction screenplays.

So we fed a LSTM Recurrent Neural Network with these: [Numerous screenplays are listed as .txt files.] Then gathered a cast & crew for one day.

Then we fed in random seeds from a sci-fi filmmaking contest...

Prompts Title: Sunspring Dialogue: "It may never be forgiven, but that is just too bad." Prop & action: A character pulls a book from a shelf, flips through it and puts it back. Optional science idea: In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood. ...Gave it a cup of really hot tea...

...And turned it on.

This was the screenplay it wrote:

[Screenplay shown on screen]

Along with these song lyrics: [Lyrics shown on screen]

What follows

is our attempt at making it.

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References 2012 (2009) See more »


Home on the Land
Lyrics by Benjamin (as The Computer)
Music by Tiger Darrow and Andrew Orkin
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Addictive Pilot Episode
11 June 2016 | by hancockenglandSee all my reviews

Wow, what an amazing pilot! The full series it is going to be simply awesome! It whispers addictive binge viewing from the very first few seconds (but I don't want to give too much away). Literally can't wait for the box set to be released! Only an early prediction here, but Sunspring could end up in the highest echelons of TV among greats like Breaking Bad, GoT, Mad Men and all that. The dialogue is scintillating and brought to life by a stellar cast mixing established stars with some new faces. I have always been a fan of Thomas Middlesitch for his portrayal of comic nerd or something in Silicon Valley which I have not seen.

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