Have you ever wondered what Star Wars would look like as an expressionist painting? No? Well a group of German researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Freiburg did and the result is stunning.
Manuel Ruder, Alexey Dosovitskiy and Thomas Brox came up with the idea after a research paper by another German team, published last year, demonstrated how convolutional neural networks could take the artistic styles from famous painters like Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso, and apply it to modern-day images.
The task of taking that research and translating it to moving images was not an easy one, as the first attempt at applying the algorithm to each individual frame resulted in a choppy mess.
Since the original method wasn’t designed to take preceding and following images, or frames in this scenario, into account, the team had to create a new algorithm to accommodate moving images.
You can read the full research paper here if you want all the technical details, but you likely came here to see cool Star Wars footage. So check out the video below to see some expressionist Star Wars, along with other altered films.