Kristen Stewart’s job title may be sedative-faced actress, but one of her passions is writing. Kristen has previously shared with us the poetry she’s created, and she recently made her debut into the world of smarty-pants academic research papers. I guess she’s trying to get her UhD? (Doctorate of “ugh, whatever“).
KStew co-authored a paper on artificial intelligence titled: “Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim.” Come Swim is a 17-minute short film Kristen Stewart directed that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last night. According to The Guardian, Kristen Stewart wrote the paper with a research engineer and the producer of Come Swim, and they submitted the paper to an online database connected to Cornell University’s library on Wednesday.
Kristen Stewart’s research paper is like a real research paper. It’s not that long (you can read it online here), but it did give me a terrifying flashback to college, which in turn caused me to mentally check out around the third sentence. Although that’s not her fault; it’s the subject matter. My understanding of artificial intelligence starts and ends with Rosie from The Jetsons. Thankfully the first paragraph of KStew’s paper tries to explain it a little better. “Neural Style Transfer” is basically a technique that uses artificial intelligence to reconfigure an image in the style of another.
“Neural Style Transfer is a striking, recently-developed technique that uses neural networks to artistically redraw an image in the style of a source style image. This paper explores the use of this technique in a production setting, applying Neural Style Transfer to redraw key scenes in Come Swim in the style of the impressionistic painting that inspired the film. We document how the technique can be driven within the framework of an iterative creative process to achieve a desired look, and propose a mapping of the broad parameter space to a key set of creative controls.”
KStew is an expert-ish on Neural Style Transfer because she used it in the opening and closing scenes of Come Swim. The examples they give sort of look like a painting mixed with film, like a fancy digital collage. Here’s the trailer for Come Swim:
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Despite the fact that this Nermal Style Transthingy is beyond confusing, Kristen Stewart should definitely give a lecture on it at Cornell University. It would be the most popular lecture with students. She’d show up 20 minutes late in a rumpled up Joy Division t-shirt, shrug at the clock, lean on the podium and sneer, “Like, does anyone even want to be here? School is so lame. Who wants to go smoke American Spirits in the parking lot and watch me try to do a kick flip on a skateboard?”
Here’s published academic author Kristen Stewart at LAX yesterday as she makes her way to Sundance for the premiere of Come Swim.