WEB SUMMIT: DAILY DIGEST DAY 3
It’s the final day of the Web Summit in Lisbon and ENGINE Creative’s Chief Content Officer wraps-up the day’s biggest talking-points … before heading into a dark room for a lie down:
Musical AI – On the ‘Music Notes’ stage, French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre premiered his new AI powered, generative music app (‘EoN’) which he’s developed in partnership with Sony Computer Science Labs. The 71yr old recorded over seven hours of original music, before breaking it down into thousands of independent sequences, which are then reconstructed to deliver every user a completely different composition (set to unique visuals) every time the app is opened. Others, including Google, have made inroads into this space, but until now it’s been more about AI as an aid to production, rather than a production replacement.
Real time – The Production technology businesses have been out in force here in Lisbon – with Framestore, Unity and Lucasfilm all present. One of the things that united all three was a big push on real-time rendering technologies – both in terms of how they’re transforming
traditional production work-flows (from dynamically changing shot selection, to allowing Directors to use virtual cameras) and how they’re offering new creative opportunities (from real-time motion capture to immersive game play). Expect the commercial trickle down of these innovations to pick up pace over the coming year.
The (Burger) King of Content – The hardest working guy at the Web Summit has to be Burger King’s CMO Fernando Machado, who must have appeared on every stage at some point over the past three days. Today he turned his attention to Content and following yesterday’s disappointing discussions, Fernando spoke a lot of sense, particularly on the topic of “quality vs quantity”. On quality, “if you make it great, make people want to spend time with it, you can to spend less on media and re-invest on the production of your next project” and on quantity, “you need to do a lot, it’s like a muscle you have to exercise, you need to try things and learn, it’ll get better over time”.
E.ON UK has launched the latest instalment of its ‘Let’s Clear the Air’ campaign with a new film from ENGINE, highlighting the damaging effect on health of air polluted with micro particles – and how E.ON is trying to help address the air crisis with its innovative products.
eurobest Entertainment Jury President Dave Roberts, Chief Content Officer here at ENGINE, on what he hopes to discover at this year’s eurobest Festival and the rise of branded entertainment