As an 80s kid, I was a big fan of both The Terminator one & two. And despite my young age, two things always stood out to me when watching those films...a little kid should not be watching such gratuitous violence, and that one-day artificial intelligence will rise up and enslave us all. Sure, screaming that last one from your soap box in the town square would earn you a first-class ticket to the looney bin a couple years ago, but now with the recent rise in popularity of the AI program Chat GPT, you would be heralded as a prophet.
But let us not worry about our impending doom right now and instead focus on how we could best utilize this tool. There are already exist many blogs and Youtube videos on how to use ChatGPT in the areas of Medicine, Education and striking it rich, but being a small-time animation studio ourselves (and I mean tiny!), we will focus on how animators can utilize it.
what is chatgpt?
First of all, lets examine further what exactly is it. ChatGPT is a language model developed by OpenAI that uses deep learning to generate text based on the input it receives. It has been trained on a large dataset of text and can generate coherent responses to questions, complete sentences, or generate text on a specific topic. It's like having a virtual assistant that can understand and respond to written language, making it useful for a variety of applications.
Great...but how exacxtly does it help us?
ChatGPT is a powerful language model that can assist with various aspects of animation that involve text-based tasks. One of the primary ways that ChatGPT can help animation is through scriptwriting. The model can generate ideas and write scripts for animation projects, allowing animators to focus on the technical and artistic aspects of the work.
Another way ChatGPT can assist with animation is through dialogue generation. The model can generate dialogue for animated characters in a realistic and natural way, making it easier for animators to bring their characters to life. Additionally, ChatGPT can help with titling and subtitling, creating captions and subtitles for animated films and videos.
Storyboarding is another area where ChatGPT can provide assistance. The model can help to plan the sequence of events in an animation and create visual representations of those events. This can make the animation production process more efficient and streamlined.
ChatGPT can also assist with marketing for animated projects. The model can create promotional materials such as ad copy, press releases, and social media posts, which can help to increase visibility and generate interest in the animation project.
So far we explored how useful ChatGPT is to animation when it involves text-based tasks, but what about actually animating? Or better put...3D Modelling? Yep...as a bonus...it helps there too in the form of Python Scripting. A Python script is best defined as a Python file that contains commands in logical order. For this to be considered a script, the program should do something—really, anything—when it's run through the Python interpreter. An interpreter such as the popular 3D Animation software Blender! Yes, Blender provides the ability for 3D Modelling projects to be aided via Python Scripting. As for Python Scripts?...They can be conjured up by ChatGPT and presto!...You got yourself a full on Blender 3D project on the way.
In conclusion, ChatGPT is a powerful language model that can help with various text-based tasks (as well as Python scripting where possible) related to animation production, from scriptwriting to storyboarding and marketing. This can save animators time and effort, allowing them to focus on the technical and artistic aspects of the work. However, it's important to note that ChatGPT is a language model and it may lack the knowledge of the technical aspects of animation production.
As for if this will one day lead to ChatGPT becoming the real world Skynet? Well, that, my friends...that's just a risk we have to take because this tool is way too awesome to be lowered into a vat of molten steel to die.
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Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.