Nou Bouke - We are Tired! - An A.I. Piece
In continuing my experimentation with generative artificial intelligence tools, I wrote the A.I. prompts and edited this piece. "Nou Bouke" which means "We are Tired" in Haitian Creole, is meant to show the exasperation of Haitians in Haiti who have been going through a never-ending, unpredictable cycle of increasing violence and uncertainty.
Using a popular "Nou Bouke" painting as an initial frame, we slowly zoom out of the image exposing an almost dystopian Haitian landscape littered with skulls to represent the dzens of citizens who were dying on a daily basis due to ramant gang ativitu and kidnappings.
As the image zooms out and we see more and more, the woman depicted in the image appears to get older as she gets more and mpre weary. As sad as the piece is, we truly get the impression that she is tired.
I created A.I.-generated images to give a glimpse of what can possibly become of Haiti by 2066 and beyond. The question is whether we can keep it together to actually accomplish this. Sak gen la nou pa fè a?
Here are some images I "prompted" and set to music using generative A.I. systems.
I'm totally impressed with what can be done with A.I. when it comes t the generation of images. It is definitively a game-changer when it comes to the ability to quickly put together decent-looking graphics. Especially if you have limited graphical talent.
I understand that this infringes on the rights of individuals whose works of art have been used as input for the large data model these A.I. systems use, but I am impressed nonetheless.
I am watching closely to see where this trend goes.
Nashville Cthedral Haiti Mission
Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award!
Zo Reken premiers! I’m very proud to have taken part in the production Zo Reken, produced and directed by Emanuel Licha. It is the last project I worked on in Haiti. With pandemic delays sort of out of the way, the film finally made its debut at Canada’s HotDocs film festival and won Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award! I won’t give it away, but suffice it to say that things get very hectic in the film. Although much in Haiti has not changed (and may have even gotten worse), the sights, sounds, and discussions of this documentary actually transport you there. Stay tuned to find out when it will be playing near you.
Interview with director Emanuel Licha and main subject Pascal Antoine of Zo Reken in conversation with Tammy Bannister at the 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Corona Virus IS in Haiti
Producer/Editor/Presenter: Pascal Antoine
Corona Virus is in Haiti After seeing how complacent people in Haiti where there were zero identified cases of Covid-19 in Haiti, I made this video warning that it almost certainly was already there. Unfortunately, the very hour that I published this video, the Haitian government announced that 2 cases had been officially identified. The original was in Haitian Creole, but here it is with English subtitles.
Haiti Gas Crisis 2019
Producer/Editor: Pascal Antoine
I visited Haiti during a severe gas crisis. on my last day, I had to get creative and took a hair-raising and adventurous motorcycle ride to the airport.
Client: Basilic Bed & Breakfast
Producer/Editor: Pascal Antoine
The owner of Basilic Bed and Breakfast on Route de Frères, Haiti, asked me to put together a short property promo to be placed on social media and traditional television. After spending some time on the property and familiarizing myself with their services and amenities, I was able to put together this short piece which immediately increased their revenue by 30% within the first two weeks it was released.
Shark Tank goes to Haiti !
Haiti Startup Talent Business Incubation Program
I had the pleasure of being asked by the organizers of Haiti Start-Up Talent to come and document their final presentation session. Watch these young, Haitian entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to judges using everything they have learned during the six-month program. Haiti refuses to give up!
Client: Haiti Startup Talent
Produced, edited, and voiceover: Pascal Antoine