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Uncanny Bastards - Provoking the Film Industry

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posted on 2022-10-24, 22:42 authored by Roberts, Andrew

What is beyond our imagination? How can we extend our dreams and transform them into physical reality?

‘Uncanny Bastards’ aims to provoke the creative process of the designer/director and the performance of the actor within the film industry.

This research examines the latest tools in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-material 3D printing (MMP). It explores how they can act as a catalyst for cognitive expansion and promote unpredictability for film industry members who work in the design and conception processes.

A defining element of this research is the documentation of how highly refined and heterogeneous physical artefacts achieved only through multi-material 3D printing (MMP) can manifest the uniquely generated AI designs. 

These computer generate dobjects (CGO) are then defined in orchestrated scenarios that inspire genuine and raw acting responses. The implementation of co-authorship with external mediums creates a cohesivere presentation of the research motives in all aspects of the film industry process.

The outcomes of the research highlight the importance of innovation in all aspects of the film industry; doing so will create a rich and compelling experience for those both in front and behind the camera.


Copyright Date


Date of Award



Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Rights License

CC BY-SA 4.0

Degree Discipline

Design Innovation

Degree Grantor

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Degree Level


Degree Name

Master of Design Innovation

ANZSRC Socio-Economic Outcome code

280104 Expanding knowledge in built environment and design

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

4 Experimental research

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Design Innovation


Stevens, Ross