Twilight celebrity Kristen Stewart has turned her hand from actress to scientific paper writer. She recently co-authored a paper entitled, Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim. In the paper she explores the world of machine intelligence and emotional transfer through algorithms via her soon to be released film Come Swim.
Come Swim is Stewart’s screenwriting debut and is based around one of her own paintings, the paper describes the filmmaker’s experiments with style transfer, a popular use of machine learning that transforms one image into the artistic technique and color profile of another. Stewart and her producers used the technology to turn scenes of Come Swim into the style of Stewart’s own painting. (You can see the images in the paper here [pdf]). Stewart’s co-authors on the paper are a producer at Starlight Studios (which produced the film) and an Adobe employee, whose involvement in the film is unknown.
The paper released yesterday on ArXiv, an online research repository run by Cornell which publishes papers before they’ve been peer reviewed. The film, Come Swim, which the paper is based on has been described as “a diptych of one man’s day; half impressionist and half realist portraits.” and will premier at Sundance 2017 this year.
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