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LIACS part of AI-driven VR-film

During this year's Dutch Film Festival (NFF), which took place from 27 September to 5 October in Utrecht, a new Artificial Intelligence-driven Virtual Reality project was pitched for BoostNL. This project, The Great Orator, was conceived by the Dutch interactive illustrator Daniel Ernst and realized in collaboration with producer Submarine Channel and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS).

Virtual ether

The Great Orator is an experience that can be compared to a scene of an animated film. A film has a linear storyline with a clear beginning and end, but this is not the case for The Great Orator. ‘The Great Orator is a place that exists somewhere in the virtual ether, and you can go there whenever you want. But even if you don't, the Orator continues his oration and the characters in that world do their thing. A person in China will hear exactly what you hear when you log in at the same time," says Daniel Ernst.

Continuous updates

In this collaboration, LIACS focuses on the integration of artificial intelligence and textual speech elements. AI-generated texts are  based on current events when you log in to follow the story. The project is currently in its final phase and will go into production in 2020.

BoostNL is the collaborative project of the Dutch Film Festival (NFF) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) that offers projects in development and post-production a tailor-made program from the NFF in September up to and including IFFR in January. By combining the strengths of the festivals and complementing them with a tailor-made programme including script consultants, individual discussions with leading film professionals and attention to festival, sales and marketing strategies, BoostNL ensures a strong industry exposure for the selected projects.

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