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The Future of AI in Screenwriting

An Interview with Mas Moriya - Interviewed by Linda Ndiaye of Dauphine University

Could you introduce yourself? What are your past and upcoming projects as a screenwriter?

Mas Moriya: My name is Mas Moriya. I've been a screenwriter for about ten years and a filmmaker for around 11 to 12 years. I started with visual effects in high school, making lightsaber videos, and then pursued filmmaking in college. After college, I moved to New York, where I did independent filmmaking and photography, including working as Alicia Keys' personal photographer. Over time, I became deeply involved in activism and community projects, particularly focusing on Asian American identity and history, which heavily influences my screenwriting. Currently, I'm working on a TV series about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II, among other projects.

What drove you to the world of generative AI?

Mas Moriya: I've always loved new technology. My interest in AI, particularly generative AI, stems from my background in both computer science and filmmaking. I was intrigued by how AI could streamline processes that were traditionally time-consuming. For example, rotoscoping in visual effects used to be a painstaking frame-by-frame task, but auto-rotoscoping tools have revolutionized that. Similarly, I saw the potential for AI to assist in screenwriting by automating certain aspects and making the process more efficient.

How do you leverage ChatGPT in your scriptwriting journey? Have you produced screenplays using ChatGPT?

Mas Moriya: I've written three scripts using ChatGPT, primarily because it's faster and more efficient. ChatGPT helps by taking the raw ideas and transforming them into screenplay format. I provide detailed context and character descriptions, and it reformats and refines the text. It’s a great tool for speeding up the writing process, allowing me to produce drafts more quickly than traditional methods.

The key is in providing detailed instructions and context. For example, when I write a scene, I include comprehensive character backgrounds and plot points. ChatGPT then helps to structure these into a coherent screenplay format. While it doesn’t fully replace the creative process, it significantly reduces the time spent on initial drafts and formatting.

Another advantage of ChatGPT is its ability to handle large context windows. I can input extensive character bios and plot details, and it retains this information to help maintain consistency across the script.

What are the challenges and benefits of using AI in screenwriting?

Mas Moriya: One major benefit is the efficiency it brings. AI can generate text quickly, allowing writers to experiment with different ideas without spending weeks on each draft. It also helps with tasks like spell-checking and reformatting, which can be tedious.

However, AI doesn't inherently understand what makes a good story or character. It requires a human touch to guide and refine the output. Another challenge is ensuring that the AI-generated content stays true to the intended narrative and character voices. This requires careful review and editing.

Despite these challenges, the potential for AI in screenwriting is immense. It can serve as a powerful assistant, helping writers to focus more on creative aspects while handling the more mechanical parts of the writing process.

How do you see the future of AI in the film and entertainment industry?

Mas Moriya: The future of AI in the entertainment industry is promising. As AI technology continues to improve, it will become an integral tool for writers, helping to streamline the creative process and enhance productivity. AI can assist in brainstorming, generating dialogue, and even predicting audience reactions based on existing data.

However, it’s essential to strike a balance. While AI can handle many tasks, the core of storytelling—creating compelling, human-driven narratives—will always require the insight and creativity that only human writers can provide. AI will be a tool that augments our capabilities rather than replaces them.

In summary, AI in screenwriting offers exciting possibilities for efficiency and creativity. By leveraging tools like ChatGPT, writers can enhance their workflow, explore new ideas quickly, and focus more on the artistry of storytelling.

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