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Taiwan university lecturer wins LAFA award for 'Noise Landscape'

12/09/2023 03:58 PM
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National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) lecturer Chuang Che-kuang's "Noise Landscape" is being projected onto the wall in this recent photo. Photo courtesy of NTUT Dec. 9, 2023
National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) lecturer Chuang Che-kuang's "Noise Landscape" is being projected onto the wall in this recent photo. Photo courtesy of NTUT Dec. 9, 2023

Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) Chuang Che-kuang (莊澤光), a project instructor at National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT), recently won an award at an acclaimed American film festival for his experimental submission, "Noise Landscape," the university said.

Chuang, who teaches in NTUT's Department of Interaction Design, clinched the prize for Best Experimental Film at the 2023 Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA) in November, the university said in a statement released Tuesday.

The film "Noise Landscape" is the first work in a planned three-part series titled "Landscapes" in which Chuang intends to explore current events in Taiwan through the use of different technological media, NTUT said.

The film gives an interpretation of Taiwan from both a human and an artificial intelligence (AI) perspective, the university said, citing Chuang.

For the first time, Chuang combined computer graphics and AI technologies to make a film, the university said.

He used 3D tools to create a surreal island with numerous hovering whispering faces that symbolized diversity in Taiwan, according to the statement. Then those images were put into generative AI for reconstruction, the university said.

Finally, keywords relating to various current events in Taiwan were generated by ChatGPT and read by electronic voices in multiple languages, depicting the diverse voices of Taiwan society, and that was combined with the AI and animated images to create the experimental film "Noise Landscape," according to the statement.

When the final work was submitted to the monthly LAFA via the "Film Freeway" platform, it was judged in November as the Best Experimental Film by the panel of professionals from the American film and television industry, who are dedicated to promoting international filmmaking and television production teams, the university said.

The other Taiwanese winners in the November LAFA were Chiu Li-wei's (邱立偉) "Pigsy," which received the Best Animation award, and Tomas Lin (林士鈞), who won Best Music video for his production work on the song "Someone Else."

(By Chen Chih-chung and Bernadette Hsiao)

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