The famous actress best known for the Twilight series, and former brunt of Trump obsession, released a paper on January 18th 2017 through online research repository ArXiv. The site is run by Cornell and publishes papers that have not yet been peer reviewed.
In the paper, Kristen explains the technology used in creating the art found in her screenwriting debut Come Swim. She describes her use and experimentation of style transfer – a method of machine learning that transforms an image into an artistic technique.
Stewart used style transfer technology to draw from her own painting to transform scenes in Come Swim. Images of her painting can be found in the paper published here. Producers of the film from Starlight Studios co-authored the paper with Kristen along with an Adobe employee.
The team undertook the challenging task of creating an algorithm that could successfully transfer the emotional sense of the original painting. Their aim was to evoke the thoughts an individual first has in moments of waking.
The paper describes how they eventually wound up tinkering with the algorithm and modifying the images from the film. Cropping specific parts and adding in blocks of texture to the input images, ensuring the algorithm included all the right influences in the final image.
Come Swim is currently making the rounds at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and has been summarized as “a diptych of one man’s day; half impressionist and half realist portraits.”