Research Output
Filmmaking practice-as-research: a case study in pursuit of subtext through AI generated dialogue
  Practice led research in filmmaking and screenwriting that explores the potential for creating meaningful dialogue with subtext, through the use of AI chat bots. The presentation will include a short film alongside a case study paper, exploring the processes involved in creating a screenplay that is written in ‘collaboration’ with artificial intelligence. Using the recent preview release of OpenAI’s chatGPT, and the beta version of, initial results have demonstrated the limitations of the technology, where fairly sophisticated levels of engagement are required in order to avoid the overly expositional characteristics of preliminary responses. While further iterations have resulted in attempts at symbolism and metaphor, the question raised is whether continuous refinements can result in the creation of dialogue with nuanced subtext, and whether this can be relevant to the subjective intentions of the screenwriter, and subsequently the performances of actors. While the film form and the methodologies used employ the application of AI technologies and raise questions around authorship, the subject matter of the film has an agenda for cultural impact and social change, tackling mental wellbeing of men in Scotland, and themes of suicide and grief.

  • Type:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    04 September 2023

  • Publication Status:


  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Gray, P. (2023, September). Filmmaking practice-as-research: a case study in pursuit of subtext through AI generated dialogue. Paper presented at MeCCSA 2023, Glasgow



AI, artificial intelligence, film, screenwriting, Virtual production, Wellbeing, Culture & Communities

Monthly Views:

Available Documents