Why Do AI-Created Fake Film Trailers Scare Us So Much?

This post is by Sunny Shrestha from No Film School

And why you might want to learn how they’re made.

On a quiet Friday morning nearly a month ago, a video was uploaded to the several social media pages owned by Curious Refuge which—in a matter of hours really—set the internet ablaze with both fanfare and vitriol. The first video was titled Star Wars by Wes Anderson Trailer | The Galactic Menagerie and was described as “a whimsical and visually stunning fan-made fake trailer that reimagines the classic Star Wars universe through the eccentric lens of Wes Anderson.”

On paper, this might sound like a fun and mostly harmless thing to put on the internet. People love Star Wars (for the most part), and people love Wes Anderson (for the most part). And (for the most part) people love fan-made trailers and video homages, too.

What people don’t seem to really like today (and perhaps for good reason) is artificial intelligence, which is what is ultimately at the heart of these videos.

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