It is in our world that we've seen the true afterglow – a metaphor for hope, understanding, and the eternal power of love. This afterglow is not just a fleeting moment of beauty; it's a lasting testament to what we can create and experience when we live in a world guided by our hearts and imaginations.

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Afterglow v10: Working Through The Edit!

Everything Afterglow:

  1. Theme, Plot, Logline
  2. Visual Storyboard 🎞️
  3. Soundtrack 🎶

  4. Images Used on X
  5. Movie Guide w/AI

This Page:

  1. A New Way?
  2. Welcome to Afterglow
  3. About Afterglow: Echoes of Sentience
  4. Afterglow Script Files v8, v9
  5. The Unseen Editor
  6. AI in Screenwriting
  7. AI in Creativity: A Disclaimer
  8. Licensing and Attribution
  9. Copyright vs Open Source

Developed by a Human: Bryan Harris (Afterglow Screenplay)


These Screenplay Resources have been collaboratively created with the assistance of ChatGPT, based on prompts and guidance provided by Bryan. The knowledge and data contained herein have been generated by ChatGPT and are provided openly for educational purposes. They are intended for students, hobbyists, and anyone with a passion for storytelling and the vast world of generative AI encompassing movies, scripts, visuals, music, and more.

Bryan and any associated parties make no profit from the data provided by ChatGPT. While Bryan’s scripts are licensed under the ‘Afterglow’ CC BY-SA 4.0 license, it’s important to note that the overarching intention is to foster a collaborative learning environment.

We embark on this journey not just to write but to explore the limitless horizons of generative AI, and we invite you to join us in this adventure. As we delve into the foundations of storytelling, from structure to dialogue development, let’s remember that at the heart of it all is the shared human experience, and the stories we tell are a reflection of our collective soul.

A New Way

Imagine a platform tailored for open-source scripts, merging Github’s collaborative nature with the intricacies of screenwriting — now with an AI companion to guide and nurture. Picture a space where writers not only unite to polish their stories but also receive AI-powered suggestions to hone their unique voice. Essential to this is a robust system, one that can efficiently offer feedback, track edits, shield intellectual property, and encourage sincere cooperation.

Envision layering this with web3 technology.

By integrating web3, the platform becomes decentralized, providing writers authentic ownership of their content through cryptographic tokens. It safeguards their intellectual property while unveiling avenues for earning. Feedback, both from the community and AI insights, can be incentivized with token rewards. Plus, smart contracts facilitate the automated management of permissions, rights, and even the splitting of profits from collaborative endeavors.

Melding open-source collaboration, AI support, and web3’s decentralized advantages, we’re on the verge of a revolutionary evolution in scriptwriting. This convergence can redefine how narratives are developed, shared, and refined.

From Page to Screen

In Hollywood’s vibrant core, where cinematic aspirations abound, the journey is daunting. Every year, over 50,000 screenplays get registered with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Yet, as evidenced by 2019, the U.S. produces a mere 800 movies annually, highlighting the fierce rivalry.

Being optimistic, if every movie came from a fresh script of that year, a mere 1.6% would materialize on screen. And this is generous, given many films are sequels, novel adaptations, or scripts that have waited long for their spotlight. Moreover, the 50,000 doesn’t encompass all; numerous scripts never get to the WGA, staying concealed.

However, the value of a screenplay isn’t only in its realization on screen. For numerous individuals, it’s an entry to the movie world. An engaging script, even if not made into a film, can pave the way for other ventures. For emerging screenwriters, perfecting their craft is paramount. AI can assist here, helping writers refine their scripts, ensuring they not only stand out in numbers but also in quality. Remember, every renowned screenwriter commenced with a sole vision and an untouched page.

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Welcome to the ‘Afterglow’ Journey

Hello, fellow creators! Welcome to ‘Afterglow’. Whether you’re a screenwriter, an educator, a student, a hobbyist, or just a curious soul, you’re in the right place. I’m Bryan Harris, an independent writer with a background in film studies.

‘Afterglow’ started as a project to understand how a screenplay could thrive on a platform like Twitter, and to gauge interest in the story. It quickly evolved into more than that, turning into an open-source endeavour that invites collaboration, sharing of ideas, and creative exploration. This space is more than just a repository for screenwriters—it’s a place where we can join forces to transform a passion for writing into captivating narratives.

In the process of this experiment, I also employed AI tools to refine the original screenplay. The objective was not to replace the human touch, but to understand how artificial intelligence can assist in enhancing and structuring our creative thoughts.

This space is also for exploring the use of AI in creativity, sharing resources, and learning from our collective experiences. The decision to incorporate AI into your creative process is entirely up to you. Remember, it’s not about AI creating, but about AI helping us create more effectively.

Join me on this journey of exploration, innovation, and creative collaboration. Welcome aboard the ‘Afterglow’ journey! This space is for exploring the use of AI in creativity and sharing resources and experiences. Whether you choose to incorporate AI into your creative process is entirely your decision.

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About ‘Afterglow: Echoes of Sentience’

Set in a future where AI and humans coexist, ‘Afterglow: Echoes of Sentience’ explores the intertwined journeys of Ren and Summer. As they traverse their life paths and past traumas in self-driving cars Rocket and Joy, they evaluate AI-human coexistence, culminating in an unprecedented victory and hopeful promises.

The script is adaptable to various genres such as comedy, horror, or drama. You’re free to transform any part of it to create your unique film - just remember to acknowledge the original work. By using the same open-source license, you can share your version with the world.

Remember: Feel free to modify elements such as the dialogue or the ending. Your creative license is only limited by your imagination!

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Afterglow Files

2023 Rewrite with AI ChatGPT 2017 Original Beatsheet / Pitch 2017 Additional Files
Afterglow v9 - PDF** AfterglowFiles - PNG** Afterglow v5 Outline - Sept 10 ‎2017 - PDF**
Afterglow v9 - FDX** The Passenger - Jul ‎16 ‎2017- PDF** Afterglow v5 Outline - Sept 10 2017 - FDX**
Afterglow v8 - PDF** The Passengers Beats v2 - Aug ‎20 ‎2017 - PDF**  
Afterglow v8 - FDX** The Passengers Pitch Package - Aug ‎07 ‎2017 - PDF**  

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The Unseen Editor

An AI-Assisted Adventure

In my current project, I’ve been rewriting a script with the help of artificial intelligence. If this technology truly holds value, why aren’t studios knocking at my door or expressing interest in the script? I’ve released it as open-source and have been persistently refining it with AI, making this the second AI-assisted rewrite…

I wrote the Afterglow script in 2017, which was later rewritten with AI assistance in 2023.

James Cameron once said, “I just don’t personally believe that a disembodied mind that’s just regurgitating what other embodied minds have said — about the life that they’ve had, about love, about lying, about fear, about mortality — and just put it all together into a word salad and then regurgitate it…I don’t believe that’s ever going to have something that’s going to move an audience. You have to be human to write that. I don’t know anyone that’s even thinking about having AI write a screenplay.” - Variety

I’m in agreement with James Cameron.

While creating scripts entirely with AI may be challenging without human intervention, I believe that human-written scripts edited with AI assistance, as I’m currently doing, are indeed feasible.

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AI in Screenwriting: A New Tool, Not a Co-Author

The ChatGPT-4 language model served as an integral tool during the development process of ‘Afterglow’. Its primary function was not to generate independent ideas, but to aid in language optimization, text refinement, and the articulation of existing concepts.

Consider it akin to the role of a skilled editor: enhancing clarity, eliminating redundancy, and presenting ideas in a more coherent and engaging manner. Yet, unlike a human editor, AI does not bring its own ideas or creative inputs. All original thought, from core narrative decisions to thematic development, character creation, and plot structuring, originated from me.

The contributions of ChatGPT-4 should be viewed as a rephrasing and restructuring of my original ideas - a way to present my thoughts using better linguistic structure without altering the core essence. Its role was to elevate the communication of my narrative, much like how Robert Kearns improved the windshield wiper without changing its original function.

As per current legal and ethical considerations (as of September 2021), AI systems cannot be attributed with authorship rights, nor can they be credited or held accountable for the content they assist in producing. AI’s involvement is purely facilitative, acting as a sophisticated tool to enhance the writer’s original creative vision.

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AI in Creativity: A Disclaimer

Consider your personal comfort, creative needs, and ethical viewpoints. As this field is novel and constantly evolving, legal consultation or intellectual property rights expertise may be required.

Note: As per legal and ethical considerations up until September 2021, AI systems, such as ChatGPT-4, do not possess authorship rights or assume responsibility for the content they aid in generating. Their function is akin to that of a sophisticated editorial tool, aiding in language optimization and text refinement without contributing original ideas or themes.

Note: The outcomes of using AI in screenwriting are not guaranteed. Any losses or damages incurred due to your use of AI technology are your responsibility.

Join me as we journey into this new creative frontier, with open minds, critical thinking, and a spirit of collaboration. Let’s tell compelling stories and bring them to life, with or without the aid of AI.

Welcome aboard the ‘Afterglow’ journey!

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Licensing and Attribution

This work is under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. It allows you to remix, adapt, and build upon this work, even for commercial purposes. However, you should give appropriate credit to the original author, include a link to the license, and note any modifications made. Any derivative work you make must also be licensed under the same license.

Author: Bryan Elgin Harris  
Assisted by: OpenAI's language model, ChatGPT-4
Original Work:

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Screenwriters typically have traditional copyrights for their works, which means they reserve all rights to the content they have created. This allows them to control how the work is used, distributed, and modified, often through legal agreements with studios and producers.

Open Source licensing, such as the Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0), is different. This type of license allows others to share, modify, and even build upon the work, provided they give proper attribution to the original author and license their new creations under the identical terms. It’s a more permissive way of sharing creative works.

In most professional screenwriting contexts, the traditional copyright model would be more common, while the open-source model would be more aligned with collaborative or community-driven projects. They serve different purposes and are used in different contexts based on the creator’s intent and the nature of the project.

User Contributions and Ownership

If a user provides feedback, such as suggestions, ideas, or specific textual contributions, the ownership of the copyright for that material can vary based on the context and any agreements in place.

  1. No Specific Agreement: If there’s no specific agreement or terms of service that address the issue, the user generally retains copyright of their original material.
  2. Terms of Service Agreement: Many platforms and services include clauses in their terms of service that users agree to upon participating. These may stipulate that any contributions, including feedback, become the property of the platform or may be used by the platform in various ways. In such cases, the user might relinquish some or all rights to their contributions.
  3. Formal Collaboration or Contract: If the feedback is part of a formal collaboration or under a specific contract, the ownership of the copyright would be defined by that agreement.

Collaboration Under CC BY-SA 4.0

If you update your original work with someone else’s change and want to acknowledge them, they would typically be considered a contributor to that specific change or modification. Under the Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) license, the new combined work would still be shared under the same license.

The key provisions of CC BY-SA 4.0 are:

  1. So, if someone modifies your work under this license, they own the copyright to the changes they made, but they must also license their derivative work under the same terms (CC BY-SA 4.0). This ensures that the derivative work remains open and accessible in the same way as the original, creating a collaborative chain where each contributor retains rights to their contributions while adhering to the shared principles of the license.

  2. The contributor does not have ownership over the entire updated work but retains copyright over their specific contribution. By integrating their change into your original work, you are essentially creating a derivative work, and you would usually attribute them in the way you both agree upon or as stated in the license (e.g., naming them in the credits, providing a link to their profile, etc.). Note: I will communicate with the contributor to make sure we both understand and agree on how the contribution will be used and credited.

Note: While you retain copyright over your contribution, by contributing to this project, you agree to license your work under CC BY-SA 4.0. This allows others to remix, adapt, and build upon your contribution, even for commercial purposes, provided they give appropriate credit and license their derivative works under the same terms. Please ensure you understand the terms of this license before contributing.

Please note that while this outlines general principles related to copyright and collaboration, it is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have specific legal concerns or require a tailored agreement, please consult with a legal professional specializing in intellectual property law in your jurisdiction.

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Disclaimer: This content has been generated using an AI language model. It may include information, phrases, or ideas that could resemble existing copyrighted material, even though the specific sources are unknown. The AI is used for creative and informational purposes. Any resemblance to other works is coincidental, and this content is not intended to infringe upon the rights of any copyright holders.

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