And now, a bot that knows the exact movie you’re thinking of
For movie buffs, life has become easier (and more complicated). Previously if you were trying to track a move by title, release year or a cast and crew member, you head to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). To gauge Cara Delevingne’s privilege, you’ll look at her famous family tree on Wikipedia. To track a movie poster, you’ll look at millions of uploads to CineMaterial. Rotten Tomatoes collated reviews. The Complete World Film Index corresponds to its title. There is even a dedicated Movie to Movie Database on the Internet.
But what if all you have is a vague memory of a scene, an unremembered shot? You know it has a puppeteer. Probably putting an inappropriate show on the street. A nun may be involved. With keywords that are vague, Google is less useful.
Enter Flim.ai. The algorithm -driven archive is just under a year old, and it’s already the largest database of images associated with the film. Flim’s algorithm “reads” through more than 3 lakh high -definition images from movies, documentaries, anime, advertising and music videos. The bot will see the color palette, genre (from movie metadata) and aspect ratio. Dog-walkers, ham sandwiches, red-lipped Asian women, animated metropolises and other visual cues can also be clearly identified. Pattern identification, face recognition, data mining and pop-culture cross-analysis are all combined into one.
For vague memories, this is perfect. Flim.ai immediately connected our vague keywords to a minor scene from the 1999 indie film Being John Malkovich (actually featuring a puppet of a nun).
The site was created by Dan Perez, 35, and Victor de Casteja, 33, who met while studying video photography in Paris in 2009. They even made music videos and commercials, and worked in fashion, advertising and art. . “I created Flim because I hate movies,” Perez said. “As a student I watched a lot of movies and spent a lot of time screenshoting them for inspiration for my own videos.”
Some 40,000 of those shots formed the basis of an early experimental site – Perez put them online, allowing visitors to share their screenshots as well. It makes him realize that there is a market for what he calls “image search”.
Still in beta stage – it is supported by French incubators Paris & Co and Belle de Mai – the site has been hit by creative people.
“It’s a handy tool for if you’re looking for a specific one,” says Sara da Costa, a Mumbai-based ad-film director. Clients rarely share the same pop-culture references as creative people. They struggle to visualize, for example, the slow -moving rose petals from American Beauty or the marigold fantasy from Monsoon Wedding. “So having a handy visual reference is helpful,” he said.
Where Flim.ai flounder is where AI everywhere is currently floundering. Machines are incapable of making connections that mimic human experience. When da Costa used the site to search for green rooms, Ai showed his green walled rooms rather than, say, a background scene from Birdman or Black Swan. “Ultimately, my memory and my assistant director are more reliable,” he said.
So far, there are also not enough stills from Indian films. The catalog does not cover a handful of contemporary hits such as Devdas and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. “It’s a drop in the ocean of films in India,” Perez admits. But there are plans to work with shareholders and add world cinema to the site. “The aesthetic in Indian films is very strong, a visual richness that Flim lacks.”
In the meantime, prepare to land on a lot of anime shots when you search using certain keywords (“noodle”, “hope”, “alone”). And while you can search within a specific movie (for example, the rain scenes in Parasite), you probably won’t find a gem just by keywords.
For anyone in the visual arts struggling to build a moodboard, the idea of a bot being able to combine a sound is both liberating and limiting. Interior design assistant Prakrit Kumar tried to use the site for ideas for a commission he was working on – a girl’s bedroom. “I saw all these American stereotypes – muted roses, ivory, a photo wall, fairy lights – the very things I would avoid as a designer,” she said. “In the creative field, a machine can only go so far, man must take the standard of the idea a step forward.”
Hit rewind: Online archives for movie buffs
BFI National Archive: The British Film Institute is a bonanza for anyone looking for old tires and films. It maintains one of the largest and most important film and television repositories. On YouTube, their playlist titled India in Film: 1899-1947 contains over 100 clips of an India that you may not even recognize. It’s time-travel without nosebleeds.
FSUE Mosfilm Cinema Concerns: Movies from the largest and oldest film companies in the Russian Federation. Switch to automatically translate to the YouTube channel and live with the sweeping two -part Battle of Moscow (1985) by Yuri Ozerov, or Yevgeny Karelov’s 1976 series Two Captains, based on the popular children’s novel about finding a young man Arctic Expedition. There are also many Eisenstein and Tarkovsky.
Home Films Center: What happened to all the amateur films shot by Americans with their beloved (and clunky) Handycams? This organization works to collect, catalog and preserve them as cultural heritage. The archive contains scenes from everyday life, and a riveting record of what was deemed worthy to be filmed by regular people powered by a camera. A selection of movies is available for viewing at centerforhomemovies.org.
British Path: The best newsreel archive in the world is pretty simple. The YouTube channel features a fraction of their 85,000 films of historical and cultural importance – clips of British weddings, war preparations, life in the colonies (including India) and new industries. Also part of the archive is the historical Reuters collection, 1.3 lakh clips from news agencies, some over a hundred years old.
Korean Classic Movies: Enter your subtitles to watch over 125 HD-uploaded movies on YouTube. Black-and-white dramas from the 1960s, some very melodramatic family sagas, and adult movies require you to sign in and confirm your age. And, of course, love stories similar to today’s K-soaps.
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