This thesis investigates the intersection of storytelling and Deep Learning through an artistic research project that involves co-writing a cinematic screenplay with GPT. The study aims to explore the changes in writing and storytelling processes when collaborating with a machine.
The primary research questions are: What are the necessary conditions and dynamics of human-machine interaction for collaborative screenplay writing with a GPT-based AI? How does this collaboration influence the storytelling process?
The scientific approach of the inquiry focuses on the feasibility of co-creation with AI in the field of storytelling to produce a satisfactory screenplay. It also examines the capabilities required by both the machine and the human collaborator to effectively co-write a screenplay.
The artistic approach delves into the conditions of writing a screenplay for a film in collaboration with a GPT-based AI. By creating a writer's room situation, it investigates the dialogue and the prompting between the human and the machine, as well as the transformations in storytelling that occur when working with a machine.
- Project lead: Tobias Frühmorgen
- CV: Tobias Frühmorgen is a filmmaker, researcher and film lecturer.
As a film lecturer, he teaches in Creative Production and European Film Heritage, and project tutoring and thesis supervision at Lusófona University Lisbon(PT) for the European Master Program KinoEyes(PT_UK_EE_IRL) as well as the Master Film Studiesand Cinema Bachelors and Green Production / Green Consultant. He also works in exchange programs like Looking China(PT_CN_KOR_RU_HU_BRA) and research programs like Crescine (PT_LIT_BEL_CRO_IRL), Filmterm(EE_FI_DE_PT), future.film.education(DE_HU_PT), C-Accelerate (FI_PT_BEL_EE), Cyanotypes (DK_PT_IRL_AUT_NL_CZ_DE), and FilmEU Research-Innovation-Transfer (EU). Since 2020 he is also part of the curriculum, pedagogy and artistic research development of the European Universities Alliance for Film and Media Arts – FilmEU and FilmEU+ as well as project supervisor for a yearly pilotand coordinator for the joint research project (PT_BE_EE) on Screenwriting and GTP-4. From 2021 onwards, he is researching on his artistic based PhD at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg(DE) about “Artistic Artificial Intelligence – Writing a screenplay with AI“.
His artistic works as a director and/or editor include a variety of feature films, short films, television, art and music videos. His film Menschenkörper(2004) was screened at more than 25 festivals worldwide. Among his editing works is the restoration and re-editing for Yilmaz Güney‘s YOL – The Full Version(2017) which premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2017, followed by screenings in many more cities like Ankara, Göteborg, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Berlin, Moscow and Yerevan.
Tobias also works a story analyst for international feature screenplays and is a certified Green Consultant for film productions.
- Contact: tobias(at)menschenkind.com
- Website: tobiasfruehmorgen.de
- PhD Advisors: Prof. Dr. Christine Reeh-Peters, Prof. Dr. Björn Stockleben
- Scientific / artistic PhD in the discipline: Screenwriting / Dramaturgy