The Global Search for Education: Exploring Creative Frontiers: An Interview with Director Riccardo Fusetti

C. M. Rubin
3 min readSep 12, 2023

This month, audiences can screen Generation on the Planet Classroom Network. This film is curated for the Planet Classroom Network by Planet Classroom.

Immerse yourself in the explosive artistry of Generation, a film by Riccardo Fusetti, where AI explores the chaotic beauty of human experience through poetic dialogue and captivating dance. Witness the astonishing notion of AI interpreting human behavior, delivering a powerful combination of movement, sound, and visual artistry.

Riccardo Fusetti has been creating for Wild Island Films since 2016. With a strong focus on pace, storytelling and experimentation, Ric always brings fun and energy to all his projects.

The Global Search for Education is pleased to welcome Ricardo Fusetti.

Firstly, Ricardo, we’re astounded by your film. What inspired Generation, and how did you conceive the exploration of human behavior interpretation through AI, dance, and poetry?

Thank you. I am really glad you connected with the film. I began experimenting with machine learning algorithms in early 2022. I was really fascinated by the outcomes. This technology wasn’t, and still isn’t, very suitable for video applications as it really struggles to make consistent images. It was all a flickering mess, every frame was completely different from the previous one and I thought this would be the perfect chance to tell an incredibly fast paced story about evolution.

The blend of interpretive dance, poetic narration, and AI-generated visuals is striking. How did you intertwine these elements into a potent and coherent story?

After finalizing the visual style, I thought it was very important to have a strong human element to host the generated imagery. Interpretive dance fit well, its transformation echoing the narrative. I wrote the narration to further establish a human element to the whole film.

Generation shifts perceptions of AI’s role in understanding human emotions. What message did you intend and what’s your desired audience takeaway?

The main goal of the film was to portray the overwhelming human experience. The story aims to bombard the senses and evoke interpretations. The multiplicity of interpretations that I have heard from different people is a gratifying outcome.

In filmmaking, what was your foremost challenge in creating Generation, and how did you surmount it to realize your vision?

Navigating a very new time-intensive technology posed significant challenges. I guess the main challenges were technical. Trial and error drove the process, demanding countless hours of testing and workflow innovation.

Thank you Ricardo!

C.M. Rubin with Ricardo Fusetti

Don’t Miss Generation, now streaming on the Planet Classroom Network. This film is curated by Planet Classroom.