Data Science and AI in Film Production
Creativity, Inc. is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking books I have read. Ed Catmull recounts his personal experiences, and talks in depth about the processes he created that made Pixar one of the most successful companies in the business. I strongly encourage you to see the video interview below, where he describes the “Brain Trust.”
The key takeaway is that great stories are not written in a flash of inspiration, but are a result of an agile, iterative process. I couldn’t help but notice the similarities to writing great software code within an agile framework. Write, Evaluate your product, Rewrite, Repeat until you make it great.
Even if we can’t be as assiduously iterative as Ed Catmull and his Brain Trust, being agile helps in adapting and responding to unforeseen events in production. One would have to just browse the Reddit channel to see how Murphy’s Law is in full force in most productions.
Most filmmakers would agree that the most tedious and time-consuming parts of pre-production are: a) script breakdowns, b) storyboards and shot list generation, c) optimizing schedules, and d) creating budgets.