All-Digital Hollywood Actors?

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All-Digital Hollywood Actors?

Post by Doka » 08-15-2019 11:11 AM

All Digital Actors, I'm all for it! And guess what.......comming generations will not know the difference!

All-Digital Hollywood Actors? Arthur C. Clarke Called It Over 30 Years Ago

In a recent article titled “Will Smith, Robert De Niro and the Rise of the All-Digital Actor,” the Hollywood Reporter spots the latest special effects trend. Old and busted? Digital spaceships. The new hotness? Digital thespians:

This fall, two prestige tentpoles will test the waters for this new paradigm. In Paramount's Ang Lee-helmed Gemini Man (Oct. 11), "Junior" Smith involved creating a fully digital character that looks and acts like Smith did around 1996 when he starred in Independence Day. The character was created by VFX house Weta Digital to use in some of the most complex scenes where "Junior" has to act alongside Smith.

Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's period drama The Irishman stars Robert De Niro, 75, as Frank Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hit man for the Bufalino crime family, and Al Pacino, 79, as union activist Jimmy Hoffa. Both actors (and others) will appear at different ages spanning decades, which is accomplished with VFX and makeup.


"A believable, fully digital human is still considered among the most difficult tasks in visual effects. "Digital humans are still very hard, but it's not unachievable. You only see that level of success at the top-level companies," explains Chris Nichols, a director at Chaos Group Labs and key member of the Digital Human League, a research and development group. He adds that this approach can be "extraordinarily expensive. It involves teams of people and months of work, research and development and a lot of revisions. They can look excellent if you involve the right talent."

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Re: All-Digital Hollywood Actors?

Post by Riddick » 08-15-2019 03:32 PM

Digital actors? Next it'll be AI writers. And CGI for everything else.

No salaries, no filming plus no actor or writer strikes. It's a studio executive's dream!!

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