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Oscar Sharp

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Oscar Sharp is a BAFTA-nominated British filmmaker best known for short films The Kármán Line, Sign Language and Sunspring, and upcoming television series The Human Conditions [1] for HBO MAX, produced by Damon Lindelof and Matt Reeves.


In 2010 Sign Language,[2] about an idealistic human billboard in London's Oxford Street, won the Reed Short Film Competition and Virgin Media Shorts.[3]

His 2015 film The Kármán Line,[4] starred Olivia Colman as a wife and mother who contracts an illness causing her to gradually levitate. It won Best Short at the British Independent Film Awards[5] and was nominated for the Best British Short Film at the BAFTAs and was produced by Campbell Beaton.[6][7] The film was subsequently released by The New Yorker and PBS.[8][9]

Sharp then signed with Tobey Maguire's company Material Pictures to develop his first feature film[10] and was named a Star of Tomorrow by Screen International.[11]

In 2016 Sharp teamed with creative technologist Ross Goodwin and actor Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley (TV series)) to create Sunspring. It was the first film to be entirely scripted by artificial intelligence, and produced widespread international discussion.[12]

Sharp and Goodwin followed Sunspring in 2017 with It's No Game, a short film depicting a Writers Guild of America strike in the face of Artificial Intelligence. It stars David Hasselhoff, in which the actor performs dialogue generated by an AI from a large collection of his past performances. [13] It also stars Sarah Hay and Tom Payne (actor).

In 2016, 20th Century Fox signed Sharp to co-write and direct the feature film Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures, based on the upcoming book by Ben Mezrich (author of The Accidental Billionaires, basis of The Social Network).[14] The book is an account of the de-extinction work of Harvard Geneticist George M. Church, among others.

In 2021 HBO Max announced [15][16][17] it was developing The Human Conditions, a "Fantastical Medical Drama" about "a young British doctor that must treat impossible illnesses and the emotional issues that underlie them" created by Sharp and Executive Produced by Damon Lindelof & Matt Reeves.

Background & Education[edit]

Sharp grew up in a rural British village, and with no connections to the film industry. He attended NYU Graduate Film on a Fulbright scholarship. His professors were Todd Solondz, Spike Lee and Darren Aronofsky.


  1. ^ Hibberd, James (2021-07-23). "Damon Lindelof, Matt Reeves Team with Oscar Sharp for HBO Max Magical Medical Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-06-21.
  2. ^ Sign Language at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Hulme, Lucinda Everett, with additional reporting by Rebecca Lefort and James. "Virgin Media Shorts: Oscar Sharp on Grand Prize winning short film Sign Language". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-01.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ The Kármán Line at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Pride wins best film at BIFAs". Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  6. ^ "BAFTA Guru Shorts Nominees".
  7. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (2015-03-05). "Bafta Shorts 2015 review – a sparky collection with some great ideas". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  8. ^ Larson, Sarah. "The Screening Room: "The Kármán Line"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  9. ^ "The Kármán Line". Film School Shorts. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (2014-08-22). "Tobey Maguire's Material Signs Oscar Sharp To Blind Deal Off Short Pic 'The Karman Line'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  11. ^ "Oscar Sharp, Stars of Tomorrow 2015". Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  12. ^ Newitz, Annalee. "Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense". Ars Technica. Conde Nast. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
    "This is what happens when an AI-written screenplay is made into a film". The Guardian. 2016-06-10. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
    Tual, Morgane (2016-06-10). "Une intelligence artificielle écrit le scénario d'un court-métrage". Le Monde.fr (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
    "Künstliche Intelligenz: Die Drehbuchmaschine". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
    "Benjamin, la primera inteligencia artificial que escribe guiones". One - Vodafone (in European Spanish). 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
    Kamps, Haje Jan. "必見! AIが映画脚本を書いたらこうなった". TechCrunch Japan. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  13. ^ Carter, Stephen L. (2017-04-28). "Coming to the Multiplex: Movies Written by Machines". Bloomberg View. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (11 August 2016). "Oscar Sharp To Direct Ben Mezrich Mammoth Thriller 'Woolly". Deadline Hollywood. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Damon Lindelof, Matt Reeves, Oscar Sharp Team for HBO Max Fantastical Medical Drama". 23 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Oscar Sharp, Damon Lindelof & Matt Reeves Developing Medical Drama 'The Human Conditions' at HBO Max". 23 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Damon Lindelof, Matt Reeves Team with Oscar Sharp for HBO Max Magical Medical Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. 23 July 2021.

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