Image-generating AIs are currently shaking up all kinds of creative processes - this is of course also noticeable in music videos, a discipline that has always been very experimental and where new techniques are often the first to be seen. Image AIs, however, are not (yet) particularly good at creating moving images. To have movie sequences automatically created from single frames, the main options are morphed transitions or zoom-ins.
A different, more elaborate approach was taken for the newly released music video by metal band Disturbed - a raw "flicker look" came in handy for their anti-war track Bad Man. Director Tristan Holmes had the image AI Midjourney create over 10,000 gloomy, threatening frames for the video using constantly varied prompts, a process that took several weeks. The stills, which looked like they had been painted, were then assembled by hand in animation software into a video à la bumpy stop trick. We think the result fits perfectly to the music and the lyrics.
However, we assume that there are more steps behind it than "just" prompt-to-picture, because band members can be seen in some sequences. The AI must also have been fed figure templates. The short BTS clip is unfortunately not very detailed about this.
In any case, the credits turn out to be record-breakingly short for a video as opulent as this one - just a year ago, it would hardly have been possible to produce this amount of images virtually single-handedly. It&s a foretaste of what&s in store for the industry once image AIs come of age.