Watch the trailer for Impossible Things, the first feature film co-written by an AI

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Jul 27, 2016, 6:48 PM EDT (Updated)

We’ve already seen what happens when a script-writing artificial intelligence Is tasked with writing a short film script solo (it’s pretty hilarious, but not exactly watchable). But what about if human writers work together with an AI to make a horror film? 

That’s what the team behind Impossible Things is trying to figure out, so they’re crowdfunding just under $23,000 to get the horror film made. But it’s the script that’s arguably the most interesting thing. The team behind the project is essentially using AI, big data and pattern recognition to figure out which elements should be there, but have the human writers focus on the larger plot elements and how to tie to all together cohesively. 

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Disturbed by the death of her young daughter, a career-driven Mother and her out-of-work husband leave the city and move to an idyllic and secluded country home. Trading in a hectic career, Madeline - the wife, stays at home to renovate the house and care for her remaining two children: a twin daughter and baby boy; while Matt - the husband, finds any work he can.

When Mother and daughter begin to hear voices and see visions of a deranged woman and child ghost, remarkably similar to the deceased sibling, reality becomes skewed. After doubting her own sense of Self, Madeline succumbs to the house's nostalgia for the past. She dresses like the woman she sees, redecorates the house to fit former times, and adopts shocking new aversions towards her remaining daughter. As her insanity grows, we wonder if history will repeat itself and she will be left with just a son.

It’s a fascinating concept, and though the low-budget trailer leaves a bit to be desired, it’ll be interesting to see how this idea could influence film development in the future (be it a good thing or a bad thing). 

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

(Via Kickstarter)

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