The Twilight star co-authored a research paper, which published Wednesday on Cornell Univerity's ArXiv, an online cache of non-peer reviewed research. The paper investigates the use of artificial intelligence technology called "Neural Style Transfer" to re-create several scenes from her new short film, Come Swim in the style of the impressionistic painting that inspired it -- which was also created by Stewart!
"The painting itself evokes the thoughts an individual has in the first moments of waking (fading in-between dreams and reality), and this theme is explored in the introductory and final scenes where this technique is applied," the paper reads. "This directly drove the look of the shot, leading us to map the emotions we wanted to evoke to parameters in the algorithm as well as making use of more conventional techniques in the 2D compositing stage."
Stewart, 26, did a ton of legwork for this project, which she not only wrote and conducted research for, but is also her directorial debut.
If you're into the heady science aspect of visual art, you can check out Stewart's research here.
Come Swim -- part of Refinery 29's Shatterbox Anthology highlighting female filmmakers -- debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. A leather jacket-clad Stewart was uncharacteristically animated on the red carpet for the screening, giving the camera two thumbs up while sticking her tongue out.
Someone was definitely excited about her new film!