Artificial intelligence film company Wonder Dynamics has announced the launch of Wonder Studio, an AI tool that’s built for the film and TV industry, but could see great potential for video game cutscenes.
The company aims to make the visual effects process more accessible and affordable by developing AI as well as machine learning tools that’ll enable filmmakers to produce VFX and CGI elements faster and at a lower price point.
As a web-based AI platform, Wonder Studio will allow artists to create films with CGI characters with a couple of clicks. The platform claims to mean, ‘No more MoCap, no complicated 3D software and no expensive production hardware – all the artist needs is a camera.’
Wonder Studio aims to empower storytellers as AI will automatically analyse and animate lights and composes the CG character directly into the live-action scene. And by adapting to the existing post-production workflow, the system automates 80% to 90% of the ‘objective’ frame-by-frame VFX work and leaves the artist with the remaining ‘subjective’ work, which can be exported into the software they already use (such as Maya, Unreal, Blender, Nuke).
Nikola Todorovic, co-founder and CEO of Wonder Dynamics commented, “We are just filmmakers who, like many other artists in our industry, didn’t have a budget for the kind of sci-fi films we wanted to make, so we set out to make AI tools that eliminate huge cost barriers. The tools we developed have enhanced collaboration and broken through the black box we tend to see in generative AI that limits control of the finest details in each shot.”
In film production, the final VFX delivery relies on several iterations and collaborations between thousands of artists and multiple vendors. Whether it be lighting, camera, or animation, the artist can make detailed edits to each element in the VFX process in 3D space.
Hollywood Embracing AI
Wonder Dynamics’ technology has already been adopted by some big names in Hollywood as Wonder Studio is currently being leveraged by The Russo Brothers on Electric State, an upcoming film starring Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), which Joe and Anthony Russo are co-directing and producing through AGBO.
Joe Russo said, “It’s been fantastic working with the team at Wonder Dynamics on Electric State. It’s highly engaging and incredibly efficient to use state-of-the-art AI on a movie about advanced technology.”
He added that, “Wonder Dynamics’ technology is a game changer for filmmakers, and it’s the right step towards a future in which AI can be a powerful and additive tool in an artist’s repertoire. I’m excited to see how this impacts the next generation of filmmakers.”
Wonder Dynamics will be granting Wonder Studio access to a limited number of artists over the next few weeks to participate in their Beta launch with plans to scale as quickly as possible – interested users can sign up for the Wonder Studio Beta.
Tye Sheridan, co-founder of Wonder Dynamics said, “We are storytellers at heart, and we’re only building technology as a means to help us tell better stories. AI presents a huge opportunity for more films to be made and for more voices to be heard.”
The company has quietly been building foundational technology for the past three years, and in recent funding, they’ve racked up an impressive set of investors, including Horizons Ventures, Founders Fund, Epic Games, MaC Venture Capital, and Samsung NEXT.