“Well, I have to go to the skull,” is a line that can only find place in a movie that does not make any sense. In the nine minute movie “Sunspring,” however, it is far from the most nonsensical piece of dialogue.
The credit (or the blame) for the creation of the disjointed script of the movie goes to Benjamin — a neural network created by filmmaker Oscar Sharp and Ross Goodwin, who is an artificial intelligence researcher at New York University. Sharp and Goodwin fed the AI, which is a Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) recurring neural network, a raft of sci-fi scripts written for movies like Aliens, Watchmen, Star Trek and the X-Files.
Initially, Benjamin kept “spitting out conversations between Mulder and Scully [the X-Files protagonists], and you'd notice that Scully spends more time asking what's going on and Mulder spends more time explaining," Sharp told Ars Technica.
Eventually, as neural networks are wont to do, it spit out a script — one that utilizes a mishmash of generic sci-fi tropes, including black holes and people dressed in weird, shiny costumes.
“There's an interesting recurring pattern in Sunspring where characters say, ‘No I don’t know what that is. I’m not sure,’” Goodwin told Ars Technica. “They're questioning the environment, questioning what’s in front of them. There's a pattern in sci-fi movies of characters trying to understand the environment.”
The movie revolves around three characters — two men H and C, played by Thomas Middleditch and Humphrey Ker respectively, and a woman H2, played by Elisabeth Gray — who, by the looks of it, are probably caught up in a love triangle of sorts.
Most of the tension in the movie comes from the performance of the actors, who interpreted the lines as they saw fit.
Watch the movie below: