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Will CGI actors replace human ones?

Will CGI actors replace human ones?

August 16, 2014 - Robin Wright is standing in the middle of a huge geodesic dome of LEDs and cameras, giving her very last performance. As she sobs bitterly, her every move and micro-expression is scanned. Later an artificial version of the actress will be created to take her place in all of her future films; the real Robin Wright will be redundant.

Princess Bride fans needn't panic just yet, though. The scene is from Ari Folman's new film The Congress - a trippy, dystopian vision of a future in which artifice has displaced reality. But it is a future that may be closer than we think.

Virtual characters in films are nothing new. The first - a computer-generated knight - appeared in The Young Sherlock in 1985, and since then we've seen everything from artificial extras in Titanic to detailed motion-capture characters such as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. And while some virtual human faces still creep us out (Polar Express, anyone?), a few have graced our screens without us even realising. Brad Pitt's reverse-ageing process in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for example, was created not with prosthetics but with computer-generated imagery (CGI).

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  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote August 16, 2014 2:14:45 PM CEST

    Of course this is the way it will go, studios will have minuscule manpower costs in comparison, just as soon as the CGI is strong and cheap enough.
    There will be no spoiled little child behaviour, no controversies, no sudden deaths, just pure profit.
    So we should all adopt the capitalist reasoning of fuck anything other than my bank balance, the fact that it will dehumanise our culture is irrelevant when extra $ can be made, right?!
    A price tag has already been put on the most precious commodities we have, like the land under our feet, apparently shale gas is worth more than our environment so when lessons like this are being taught don't be surprised with dehumanisation occurring in other areas, entertainment in this example.
    You can get a CGI actor to promote whatever narrative you like, right or wrong, but as we are seeing these days actors' opinions are causing major headaches for rampant capitalists globally by drawing attention to their ugliness by exposing it to the public, in a CGI environment this would not exist, they would only push topics they wanted discussed

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