Titles in the video include The Morning Show, Dear…, Home Before Dark, Truth Be Told, Servant, Hala and Mythic Quest.
“This film was written by a human...however, the character Lexi’s dialogue was generated by AI.” With that opening text to prepare you, Peter McCoubrey’s film immediately dives into its tale of a single gal, her AI virtual assistant, and a customer-service rep wearily toiling for a dating app. The AI-scripted dialogue is clever, and it adds a layer of intrigue to Lexi’s snappy exchanges. But Progress Bar is more than just a gimmick—it shows a future that manages to stay hilariously mundane even with all the high-tech embellishments. What exactly does a “Frozen Pizza Nite” candle smell like, anyway?
"These days, you think you met your soulmate. Next thing you know, they change their number and steal all your stuff." Can artificial intelligence actually write intelligent scripts? Or at least – interesting scripts? Progress Bar is the latest film partially created by artificial intelligence (the short film Sunspring was the first one). This experimental short film about relationships "attempts to harness the inherent absurdity of dialogue generated by A.I. by placing it within the confines of a more traditional (human-written) narrative film structure."
Therefore I Am tracks a conversation a man has with future versions of himself, each one arriving slightly earlier than the last, each one with slightly different instructions for how to get to that point. You can even trace the loops—each one leads to the next. And yet, not a single one seems to have successfully avoided the event they’re trying to stop.
You'll have to forgive the morbid short comedy The Grey Matter a few dozen puns, but it makes up for it by being deliciously macabre. A working stiff comes to on the street covered in blood with a nasty hole in his head. Naturally, he's worried—at least until he suddenly hits it off with a beautiful coworker.
The Grey Matter was directed by Peter and Luke McCoubrey, known professionally as the McCoubrey Brothers. You can also check out the fun (and slightly spoiler-y) opening title sequence they shot for the film, but ultimately decided to omit.
"What were you expecting, a grasshopper with a top hat?" Take a moment to watch this short film if you're in the mood for a darkly humorous laugh. The Grey Matter is a dark horror comedy directed by Peterand Luke McCoubrey, known as the "McCoubrey Brothers", who explained via e-mail this week that they started making music videos for a friend's band and eventually challenged themselves to make a narrative short. After premiering at film festivals throughout the year, including Brooklyn, Show Me Shorts and the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, it's now online earning a recent Short of the Week feature. There are some solid practical FX in it, and the dialogue is fun which helps keep the film interesting. It's a great short, have fun.