June 26, 2020
Shooting around corona is not easy, so why not let robots handle it?
We’ve talked about the trials and tribulations of shooting during a pandemic, but what if you didn’t need that many people on set? What if you could run things through a skeleton crew and instead of actors…you used robots?
Bondit Capital Media, the money behind movies like To the Bone and Loving Vincent, has a $70 million science-fiction movie called b, set to shoot during this awful time. And it’s going to star an A.I. Robot named Erica.
Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa, created Erica in real life as part of their study of robotics. They also taught her to act, applying the principles of method acting to artificial intelligence. Unsure if she’s method or more Stanislavsky, but I guess we can ask.