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AI for Documentary Filmmakers: What Makes ChatGPT Tick? – A 2-part Webinar with Philip Shane

Veteran Sundance award-winning filmmaker and AI expert Philip Shane takes us back to the basics with ChatGPT, explains AI’s analytical capabilities, and shares how the two are contributing to the documentary production process.

His message: “ChatGPT is a partner, not an employee.”

ChatGPT has recently been updated and it’s now able to create visual art, in addition to its existing text-writing abilities. Open AI, the company that makes ChatGPT, has merged it with their AI art generator, Dall-E, so you can now ask ChatGPT to create an image for you. We’ll discuss this exciting feature in an upcoming webinar.

Part 1 – ChatGPT: What It Means & How to Use It (15 min)



[1:00] What is the GPT in ChatGPT?

[5:30] ChatGPT’s 4 fields of impact: Text, data, graphics, and sound.

[7:30] Recent breakthroughs: You’ll soon be able to teach ChatGPT to mimic your own personal writing style.

[10:30] Photoshop for dummies: How to edit graphics quickly with MidJourney.

[12:30] Manipulating audio: Wow or worrisome?


Part 2 – AI: Is It a Thinking Machine? (9 min)



[1:30] Why would we want AI to “think?”

[3:30] The ways in which ChatGPT is already capable of appearing to think.

[5:30] How ChatGPT can help you identify themes in your interview transcripts.

[8:00] The bottom line: We are a long way from a thinking machine.

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About Philip Shane

Philip Shane is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 30 years of experience.

He was Co-director & Editor of Being Elmo (Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival), and Producer & Editor of the two-hour feature documentary, Einstein (2008, History Channel). As Editor of Dancing in Jaffa, which had its World Premiere at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival, he and Bob Eisenhardt won the Best Editing Award at Israel’s prestigious DocAviv Film Festival. Read more at

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Recent Pact Webinars

“Linear still matters!”

That’s the theme of my series of Pact webinars with veteran programming executive Dan Salerno.

Watch Dan’s deep research on the U.S. channels’ programming strategies here:

Thanks to Pact webinar producer Aimee Shimmin and Documentary Business associate editor Caitlin Cooper.