International Panel 2023
The International Panel will take place on the 14th of October, from 18:15 to 19:30.Claudio Cea (Switzerland), Mads Damsbo (Denmark), Karina Vilela (Brazil), Shane Woods (Ireland).
AI in its Toddler Phase:
Stay calm, secure the sockets and keep a watchful eye!
Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence – and yet AI is still at the beginning of its development, a bit like a toddler in its crawling phase. Even experts who have been working in the field of machine learning for decades admit that they are incapable of anticipating all the characteristics and quirks that the „adult” AI will one day have. But it is already causing a lot of commotion, and you can't look away for a minute because otherwise something will break or catch fire.
Our society, including the film industry, is experiencing the next industrial revolution, and as with all technological upheavals, there will be winners and losers; new opportunities as well as justified existential fears.
Screenwriters went on a five-month strike in Hollywood, and the mood among film editors is also tense: Some may be looking forward to the coming AI tools that will relieve them of dull tasks and open up new creative possibilities. Others suspect that soon they will not be the users of such tools anymore, but merely the rejects who are no longer needed to create a work.
This much is clear: AI will be at least as transformative as digitization and the Internet. What does this mean for film editors and their art? A panel full of questions and conjecture.
Claudio Cea, film editor, Switzerland
Mads Damsbo, film producer, Denmark
Karina Vilela, film editor, Brazil
Shane Woods, assistant and assembly editor, Ireland
Saturday, 14 October 2023 | Filmforum at the Museum Ludwig
18:15 – 19:30
Moderator: Dietmar Kraus
The panel will be in English.
Tickets (TEMPO members and/or IFEF participants can pay the reduced fee of 7 €)
© Claudio Cea
Film Editor, Switzerland
The son of Italian immigrants, Claudio Cea grew up in Switzerland. He lived and worked in Canada for a long time, and is now based in Basel. He has been editing feature films and documentaries since 2007. In 2020, he was nominated by the Swiss Film Academy in the category „Best Editing” for the feature film production Paradise War – The Story of Bruno Manser. The documentary Volunteer, which tells the story of activists who travel to Greece to help refugees arriving in boats, won the Audience Award at the 2019 Zurich Film Festival. For the film Hive by Berta Basholli, he was an editing consultant in Pristina, Kosovo. Hive won the Grand Jury Prize, the Best Director Award and the Audience Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
Claudio Cea is a member of the European, German and Swiss Film Academies. He is also an AVID certified instructor and a member of the „Adobe Odysee Group”, which are alpha & beta testers for AI software.
© Tobias Marcussen
Film Producer, Denmark
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Mads Damsbo also partly grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. He has a bachelor in Media Directing from the Danish School of Media and Journalism (2007 – 2011) and learned his trade as a creative producer at the progressive film school Super16 from 2009 – 2012. Mads has since become an expert on the production of immersive media narratives, giving lectures, organizing workshops and teaching masterclasses all around the world. As the founder of „Makropol”, Mads produced artistic immersive experiences and started several new companies, including the app startup „Recho” that won the prestigious Venture Cup in 2015, and the deep learning „Kaspar AI”, a company focused on using AI tools to co-create audiovisual storytelling. Currently Mads is producing the worlds first feature film written by an AI, acting as Head of Studies at the „European Creators Lab” and working as CEO and creative producer at Kaspar AI.
© Beatriz Schmidt
Film Editor, Brazil
Born in São Paulo, Karina Vilela graduated in Communication, and worked as film producer and video director, before focusing on her film editing career. She's worked for many production companies such as O2 Filmes and Conspiração, as well as MTV. As an editor she's focused mainly on documentary films and series. Her most recent international work was the two-part film Chamber Music Society Returns for PBS.
Since the founding of the Brazilian editing association „Associação dos Montadores de Cinema” (AMC) in 2016, Karina has been a member of the board and she was AMC’s president from 2018 to 2021. She also has a podcast about editing called „O Arquipélago”.
© Shane Woods
Film Editor, Ireland
Shane is an assistant and assembly editor currently based out of London, England. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Shane studied in the National Film School, IADT. After graduating in 2003 he worked for a number of years in Dublin’s „Windmill Lane”; as an assistant and online editor; on a range of film, television and commercial projects. Shane also spent some time as an online editor with Dublin based animation company „Brown Bag Films” before moving to London in 2012.
For the last 10 years, Shane has worked as an assistant editor in London on TV shows such as Sherlock, This is England 90, Years and Years and The Crown. Shane has also been an assembly editor on Constellation (Apple TV+), Suspicion (Apple TV+) and Peaky Blinders (BBC/Netflix). More recently, through his company „107 Pictures”, Shane has been developing tools which use data to automate and speed up post production processes as well as create better communication between departments.
As a committee member of the Irish Screen Editors (ISE), and a member of the British Film Editors (BFE), Shane is keen to elevate the role and value of the assistant editor. In the umbrella organization TEMPO, he is a member of the task force on artificial intelligence.