Collaborating once again with The Guardian and their in-house production team G-Lab, The Mill have helped bring to life this 5-minute short for the third installment of the Guardian Original Drama series ‘Brainwaves’.
This installment, ‘The Intelligence Explosion: How to Stop a Robot from Turning Evil’ hones in on the familiar fear that Artificial Intelligence might one-day harness the ability to out-smart the human race, resulting in the eventual doom of humanity.
The scene opens to 'Mental Endeavours Ltd' in an emergency meeting, joined by their flagship robot Günther. The discussion around the table is ‘How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity?’ and with intelligence rate of AI subjects increasing rapidly, the team are worried they are running out of time.
The Mill’s VFX Team created the subtly magic visual effects of Günther's thought-processes, as well as the final dramatic climax of Günther’s disappearance into thin air.
The soft yet crisp grade led by Mill Colourist Jim Bracher helps to create the right atmosphere throughout, one that feels almost clinical. Set in the year 2027, the meeting room environment is expectedly technical, and the piece maintains a super futuristic feel throughout but does not lose its realism.
Mill Colourist Jim Bracher comments; "There were two main considerations for this grade; firstly getting the atmosphere in the room correct, and secondly finding the right balance between making the robot look synthetic without going too far and making it look garish. The first was fairly straight forward, as there was a plenty of light and shadow to play with. The second was more tricky and required some restraint, but I think we found a good place between human and made of rubber.”
Production Company: G-Lab
Director: Dan Susman
Executive Producer: Michael Tait
Producer: Jess Gormley
Director of Photography: Franklin Dow
Production Manager: Jacqui Timberlake
VFX & Design
VFX Company: The Mill
Producer: Tom Igglesden
2D Artists: George Cressey, Brad Wood, Charles Dockerill, George Rockliffe
Motion Graphics: Gabriel Thomas, Ashley Tyas, Diogo Pinhero