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George Lucas Shares Thoughts on AI in Filmmaking

George Lucas Shares Thoughts on AI in Filmmaking

Artificially Scripted Star Wars?

Artificial Intelligence, more commonly shortened to AI, has been a hot topic seeping its way into many a conversation, with its presence affecting many areas on the internet, such as art, game development, and, more notably as of recently, the movie-making industry. George Lucas, well known for being the creator of Star Wars, amongst other successful film franchises, shared his opinion on AI in filmmaking in an interview in the French outlet Brut FR at the Cannes Film Festival.

Is The Artificial Inevitable?

At one point in the interview done in the Cannes Film Festival, the interviewer asks George Lucas his opinion of the usage of AI in filmmaking. “Well, we’ve been using it for 25 years, and it’s not AI, but we use all the digital technology because we pioneered a lot of that,” responded Lucas. “Because especially at ILM, we were the only place that was doing digital.”

“But the thing of it is,” Lucas continued, “it’s inevitable. I mean, it’s like saying, ‘I don’t believe these cars are gonna work. Let’s just stick with the horses. Let’s stick with the horses.’ And yeah, you can say that, but that isn’t the way the world works.”

Two Sides of AI

AI has been a consistently controversial topic, with both advocates and critics of the subject matter being incredibly outspoken on their beliefs. The usage of AI in the film industry had been one of the main points of a massive writers’ and actors’ strike in 2023, ending with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) successfully winning a new deal protecting writers’ jobs from the encroaching mainstay of AI in scriptwriting. 

While George Lucas’ stance on AI usage becoming inevitable in movie making is reasonable, there has previously been concern about AI taking the jobs of scriptwriters, artists, and other occupations. As inevitable as the AI uprising in employment seems, it is seemingly also equally as inevitable that workers in some industries will also rally to prevent AI from totally usurping certain job markets.

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