Kristen Stewart Co-Wrote a Research Paper

The always-amazing-but-underrated Kristen Stewart has added something new to her list of accomplishments: co-author of a research paper on artificial intelligence (AI). 

The Cut reports:

Published on Wednesday on ArXiv, an online research database operated by Cornell, Stewart and her co-authors wrote about something called “neural style transfer,” an AI technique used in the new short film she wrote and directed, Come Swim. The paper notes that the film is a “poetic, impressionistic portrait of a heartbroken man under water,” and used the technique to make the film appear as if it were grounded in a painting.
“We take a novel artistic step by applying Neural Style Transfer to redraw key scenes in the movie in the style of the painting, realizing them almost literally painting that underpins the film.”
The paper goes on to describe in great technical detail how the filmmakers were able to accomplish that. As Quartz notes, Come Swim will be screened at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, where we can only hope someone will toast (or at least raise their middle finger) to Stewart’s academic accomplishment.

The paper, entitled Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim, is co-authored by Stewart, along with David Shapiro, and Bhautik J. Joshi. It may be viewed at 

via NYMag.


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