Screenwriters work weeks, months, sometimes years perfecting their screenplays. Each screenplay is a labor of love, creativity, passion, and commerce. But what if, after completing your screenplay, you found out the “success” of it – as measured by potential box office – could be determined in less than two minutes by using the DNA of your screenplay – its words – using machine learning? Instead of being scared by it, you may be exhilarated by it. You SHOULD be exhilarated by it.
Now you’re asking yourself, “Why would I want my baby (your screenplay) to be put in the hands of a machine?” Story guru Robert McKee has always cautioned that writers who get so close to their work lose perspective of whether their stories and scripts are good or not. McKee would bellow during his seminars that “You need to learn how to kill your babies!”
Hollywood has become fiercely competitive for content with movie budgets regularly hovering around the $100-million mark. Netflix is spending $7.5 billion on new content in 2018 alone. It’s not only antiquated to use script reading interns as the first line of defense, but it’s also risky and time consuming on an economic level. The #1 rule in Hollywood is simple – if your script can’t make money for the studio, it’ll never be made. That’s where AI and machine learning come into play...
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