27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
One Sol in the Life of Curiosity
director: Vít Růžička
original title: Jeden Sol v životě Curiosity
country: Czech Republic
running time: 5 min.
synopsisSpace agencies plan the schedule of activity on Mars in the cycle of sols – Martian days lasting 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds. In an experimental sci-fi, the aging rover Curiosity sets out on its routine mission. Tremors of curiosity and the desire for knowledge mix in a written monologue with doubts about its own abilities and the meaning of its actions, which it addresses to the silent planet.
“A series of individual submitted photos is animated with the help of generative neural networks into a full-fledged story. The selection of scenes and the editing took place using my own written program for interacting with the neural network that was used. Indeed, a similar technology could theoretically be used to control the rover to search for anomalies in the 'seen' image.” – Vít Růžička
biographyVít Růžička graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague and is currently a doctoral student at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oxford. He deals with machine learning research, mainly in relation to image analysis and generation. He is the author of several short experimental films, which he created by involving machine learning. At the same time, he focuses on analogue photography.
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