From Expanded Cinema to Extended Reality: How AI Can Expand and Extend Cinematic Experiences

Junrong Song1, Bingyuan Wang1, Zeyu Wang1, David Kei-man Yip1
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou)1


This paper explores the concept of expanded cinema and its relationship to extended reality (XR), focusing on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to expand and extend expressive possibilities. Expanded cinema refers to experimental film and multimedia art forms that challenge the conventions of traditional cinema by creating immersive and interactive experiences for audiences. XR, on the other hand, blurs the line between physical and virtual reality, offering immersive storytelling experiences. Both expanded cinema and XR aim to push the boundaries of traditional norms and create immersive experiences through the integration of technology, interactivity, and cross-sensory elements. The paper emphasizes the role of AI in optimizing 3D scene creation for XR and enhancing the overall experience through a case study. It also presents several AI-based techniques, such as generative models and AI-assisted rendering, that facilitate efficient and effective 3D content creation. Additionally, it explores the use of AI plugins in 3D modeling software and the generation of 3D models and textures from 2D images using techniques like GANs and VAEs. The incorporation of AI to extend and expand opens up new possibilities for immersive experiences in the future.

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