5th April – Dan’s Friday Film-Making Tips

5th April - Dan’s Friday Film-Making Creative Tips & Wonders


This week we look at AI-generated artwork in film, asking whether cutting-edge software like DALL·E 3 could be the future for creative industries. Then we shine a spotlight on the illustrious career of legendary British filmmaker Ken Loach, who recently announced his retirement from the industry. We celebrate Loach’s remarkable ability to use cinema as a reflection of society, leaving behind a legacy of impactful storytelling. Lastly, we delve into the impact of ‘The Matrix’ and its revolutionary influence on Hollywood and filmmaking ever since its release.

AI Artwork Within Film


A new AI technology being developed by OpenAI called DALL·E 3 which allows creatives to generate images from text-based descriptions. Named after the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, DALL·E is designed to generate imaginative images that fulfil given text prompts, ranging from straightforward descriptions to more abstract and world-creating concepts. A Hollywood film that has been a topic for hot debate recently, has utilised this AI technology to great effect, enhancing their visuals and storytelling capabilities!

‘Late Night with the Devil’ by Cameron Cairnes & Colin Cairnes is a 2023 horror film set in 1977. The film experiments with AI technology and artwork throughout the film to create an atmosphere of an eerie 70’s aesthetic. The AI-generated images feature as interstitials throughout the film’s fictional live TV broadcast. Among them is an illustration of a skeleton dancing in the middle of a pumpkin patch and the occasional “We’ll be right back” message.

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Although the images are only on screen for brief moments throughout the film, many people within the industry have criticised these moves by the filmmakers as they feel this may be the beginning of utilising more AI technology within the industry and therefore taking away future job opportunities for artists and creatives. As you can see above, the AI image generated is highly impressive and fits the overall aesthetic of the film, due to it being also AI generated it has an overall slight creepiness to the look and feel of the image.

Do you think this is the start of AI technology being used more within cinema? Do you think this is a good or bad thing? Whatever your thoughts are on this issue, it is clear that AI is here to stay and we should all learn how to adapt and utilise this technology to help enhance our future work. Below is the trailer to ‘Late Night with the Devil’


Celebrating 60 years of Ken Loach


Legendary British film director Ken Loach has recently announced his retirement from the world of filmmaking, making it a great moment to reflect upon his remarkable career that has left a lasting effect on cinema and also wider society. With a profound commitment to social justice and a deep empathy for the marginalised, Loach’s films have served as powerful vehicles for storytelling and activism. From his early works such as ‘Kes’ and ‘Cathy Come Home’ to more recent gems like ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ Loach’s cinema has been a mirror to society, reflecting its triumphs, struggles, and injustices with unflinching honesty.

His distinct directorial style, marked by naturalistic performances and a keen eye for detail, has earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes. Beyond the silver screen, Loach’s legacy extends into the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide, inspiring empathy, provoking thought, and igniting social change. As we bid farewell to this British cinematic titan, we celebrate Ken Loach’s unparalleled contribution to the art form and the lasting impact of his remarkable career. A video essay posted ‘Sean Media’ takes us on a journey through the social realism films of Ken Loach, showcasing his brilliant work, unpicking the subject matter and looking deeper at his unique film style.



One of my personal favourites is ‘Sweet Sixteen.’ Set in Greenock, Scotland, the film follows the story of a teenager named Liam as he navigates the challenges of growing up in a harsh environment marked by poverty, crime, and family dysfunction. What makes this film particularly powerful is its unflinching portrayal of the harsh realities faced by disadvantaged youth within Scotland, shedding light on stories not shown in the mainstream media.


How ‘The Matrix’ Revolutionised Cinema


‘The Matrix,’ released in 1999, revolutionised Hollywood and cinema in numerous ways, leaving an enduring impact on both the industry and audiences worldwide. Directed by the Wachowskis, the film introduced groundbreaking visual effects, particularly with its iconic ‘bullet time’ sequences, which redefined action filmmaking and set new standards for visual innovation.



Beyond its technical achievements, ‘The Matrix’ challenged conventional storytelling norms with its complex narrative exploring themes of reality, identity, and the nature of existence. Its philosophical depth and intellectual engagement with the audience elevated the genre of science fiction, paving the way for a new era of thought-provoking blockbusters. ‘The Matrix’ demonstrated the commercial viability of non-traditional narratives, paving the way for a wave of ambitious, high-concept films that aimed to captivate audiences with both spectacle and substance. In essence, ‘The Matrix’ reshaped Hollywood’s approach to filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers to push boundaries, embrace innovation, and explore deeper philosophical themes in mainstream cinema. A video essay by ‘Cortex Videos’ delves deeper into how ‘The Matrix’ has changed cinema and influenced many films and film-makers since its release.


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