ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

It's not every day that a Hollywood A-lister reveals themselves as living a double life, but with the discovery that Kristen Stewart has just released a serious academic research paper, we're considering ourselves well and truly shocked.

Publishing the paper titled 'Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim' on Cornell Universities online research library, Kristen Stewart uses her own upcoming movie, Come Swim, as a springboard for academic study and discussion surrounding where art meets technology. Weren't expecting that were you?

Kristen Stewart Is Fascinated With Breaking Boundaries

Equals [Credit: A24]
Equals [Credit: A24]

What draws Kristen into the world of academia is her interest in where the world of art meets the world of science. The paper which she co-wrote with Starlight Studios producer David Shapiro and Adobe Research Engineer Bhautik J. Joshi, essentially tracks the process of transforming one of her own original paintings via a machine into the artistic style of her upcoming movie, Come Swim.

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Come Swim [Credit: Starlight Studios]
Come Swim [Credit: Starlight Studios]

Kristen Stewarts directorial debut, Come Swim, was actually inspired by a painting she created which abstractly depicts a man rousing for sleep. The film itself is described in the paper as:

"a poetic, impressionistic portrait of a heartbroken man underwater."

In a technique referred to as 'Neural Style Transfer,' Kristen and her team fed the painting into a machine which reads complex neural networks to try and transfer an artistic style across different mediums. Combining painting and film by way of a hyper intelligent computer sets Come Swim apart as not only Kristen Stewart's directing debut, but also as a piece of artistic and scientific research, literally pushing the boundaries of where one medium or approach finishes and another begins.

Here You Can See Kristen's Painting Being Transformed Into Film:

[Credit: Starlight Studios LLC & Kristen Stewart]
[Credit: Starlight Studios LLC & Kristen Stewart]

In the first image you can see a film still that Kristen shot as part of Come Swim. The second image is her painting which was the original inspiration behind the movie, and the third image is the combination of the two; the intelligent computer analyzing the style and technique of Kristen's painting and transposing it onto the filmic image. Pretty neat huh!

Speaking about the process of transforming the emotion of the painting into film the paper states:

“The painting itself evokes the thoughts an individual has in the first moments of waking (fading in-between dreams and reality)... This directly drove the look of the shot, leading us to map the emotions we wanted to evoke to parameters in the algorithm.”

Come Swim premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival on January 19th.


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