For the esteemed members of the Innovation Awards Committee,
We are thrilled to present “Draw Me the Planet,” a groundbreaking spectacle that has set up residency at the iconic Swan Lake in Metz, France, renowned for its permanent Dancing Fountains. This year’s edition unfolded between June 25th and September 3rd, 2023, captivating audiences for 27 minutes in each of its twice-nightly performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as special occasions like the eve and day of public holidays. During this period, we delivered a total of 68 spellbinding performances.
The Project’s Conceptual Framework
The foundational concept behind “Draw Me the Planet” is a symbiotic marriage of water, light, and the unpredictable beauty of nature, all encapsulated within the overarching theme of “Water and Nature.” Our show comprises seven visually spectacular scenes, each illustrating a unique interplay between water and diverse landscapes, animals, and colours. Through aquatic choreography, immersive image projections on water screens, dynamic lighting effects, and a meticulously crafted audio score, we offer an integrated sensory experience.
Intricacies of AI Implementation:
- Brief and Moodboarding: The first step involved crafting a moodboard to establish the thematic focus. AI algorithms were subsequently trained to internalise these thematic directions.
- Idea Segmentation and Creativity: Utilising AI tools like Stable Diffusion v1.5 and LoRA models, we segmented the conceptual themes and generated creative, innovative, and relevant ideas that aligned with the overarching themes.
- Detailing and Texture: AI significantly accelerated the production of intricate details and textures in 3D, which would otherwise consume an exorbitant amount of human hours and resources.
- Human-AI Synergy: Our team acted as the project’s “conductors,” utilising Blender and ControlNet software to guide the AI algorithms, ensuring they aligned seamlessly with the thematic goals and vision.
- Light and Animation: With tools like DEFORUM and Automatic 1111, AI mastered fluid animation and dynamic lighting, enhancing image fluidity and reducing the time typically required in manual production workflows.
- Efficiency Metrics: From a data standpoint, the AI processed 300 GB and generated around 20,000 images within a mere two months, symbolising a monumental leap in efficiency and cost reduction.
Comprehensive Software Ecosystem:
- Stable Diffusion v1.5: For image generation.
- LoRA models from CivitAI.com: To fine-tune artistic styles.
- InvokeAI: For localised image creation.
- ControlNet: For intricate control over AI operations.
- Blender: For precise compositional work.
- Framesync.xyz: For automating keyframes.
- Automatic 1111 and Deforum on Google Colab: For creating animations.
- RealESRGAN: For upscaling image sequences.
- Davinci Resolve: For final video editing and optical flow adjustments.
Pioneering Role of Artificial Intelligence
What sets our project apart is its pioneering integration of Artificial Intelligence to generate content, marking the first instance in our industry where AI has been publicly acknowledged in a watershow. Specifically, AI contributes to approximately 12 minutes and 15 seconds of the show’s runtime, acting not merely as a gimmick but as a transformative agent that amplifies the project’s thematic depth and visual complexity.
In summary, “Draw Me the Planet” represents a harmonious blend of human creativity and AI-driven technical prowess, offering not just entertainment but also a glimpse into the boundless possibilities of future innovations. With this synthesis of art and technology, we believe our project stands as an exemplary candidate for this esteemed innovation award.
Thank you for considering our application. We look forward to your feedback.
The “Draw Me the Planet” Team
Draw Me The Planet won the Public Vote at this year’s Innovation Awards 2023.
Ville de Metz (Metz City Council)