60 Stills from a Wes Anderson Sci-Fi Film That Doesn’t Exist – Stuck in Customs

60 Stills from a Wes Anderson Sci-Fi Film That Doesn’t Exist

I’ve been having a little too much fun with AI lately. I decided to combine it with my love for Wes Anderson films!

This is another quirky setting. Wes has never done a Science Fiction movie before, so I thought this would be an interesting territory to explore. This is a fun futuristic (and retro) world that is run by adorable Bonobo monkeys as they establish a dominant matriarchy in space.

Most people don’t know about the Bonobos, but it is the only monkey species that is run by females. So, the monkey troupes don’t even fight against one another. It’s usually settled through sex. I stayed away from monkey-orgies in this one (I did think about it), but there are a few other species competing for power in space. Hmmm… which one should Owen Wilson be? How about Ed Norton and Anjelica Houston? I’ve modeled a bunch of different Bonobos and they look really cool… will share those soon.

Anyway, before we get into the “stills” from the film, here are three other recent AI posts that are quite a bit different that you may enjoy.

32 Nonexistent People At Burning Man
27 Tribes From Remote Villages In Papua New Guinea That No One Has Ever Seen
31 Burning Man art installations at Burning Man that do not exist

BTW, I started up a new AI Instagram @Trairatcliff account so I could keep my main Instagram more with traditional photography. Be one of the first to join! And tell your friends, but only the cool ones… not the energy vampire friends you are trying to get rid of. 🙂


More about this Wes Anderson Project

I notice in responses on Instagram and Facebook that people are really curious about how I make these. I’ll do a tutorial at some point when I’m not imagining Bill Murray as a beaten-down cuck-monkey, but for now I can give you a little bit of background.

I generated about 1,000 different movie stills using many series of prompts (mostly failing ones) to communicate with the AI. Out of those 1,000, I chose my favorites and upscaled about 60 of them. How long did this whole thing take? Just about a day. I mean, I work really fast and I kind of have this stuff figured out, but it still didn’t take that long at all.

There was difficulty in getting EXACTLY the shots and angles I wanted, but many were close enough. For example, I had trouble getting a bunch of good shots of the spaceships traveling in deep space. I finally kind of ran out of steam around midnight. I’m sure if I had more time I could get them right, but perfection is the enemy of progress. Or something like that. Besides, I’m just playing around and experimenting.

It took about 2-3 hours to generate about a thousand frames and create new AI command combinations to get the sorts of shots I wanted.

End of Traditional Concept Artists?

Errr, well, yes, I suppose. Actually, I see a future where existing concept artists “rough out” a scene then use it as a reference JPG for the AI. And then they can use a series of words (see below) to communicate with the AI to get all sorts of different results. This will be one of the biggest “professions” to be dismantled by AI, which is too bad, because I LOVE good concept artists. I follow so many from Star Wars to LOTR – well – you name it. All hardcore geeks LOVE concept artists. But, you know, what are you gonna do? Sure, maybe AI right now can’t do as good of a job as some of the greats, but it’s pretty goddamned creative and it’s only gonna get better.

Sample Prompt

I’m using Midjourney version 4 for these, although I play with all the AI tools. It’s a command-line interface via Discord to communicate with the AI:

“A Wes Anderson Science Fiction stop-motion film inside a spaceship’s medical bay with characters as cute bonobo monkeys + 40mm anamorphic + cinematic shot + symmetry + tonal colors + cross-processing + childish friendly feel + the feel of a dollhouse feel + soothing + playful –ar: 2:1”

Well, grab your popcorn and enjoy the movie!