In a Decade or Two Acting Could be Over

June 5, 2010
By alex siegel BRONZE, Seattle, Washington
alex siegel BRONZE, Seattle, Washington
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Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, or Robert Downey Junior could be the main character of every film. Computer graphics and engineering has sped ahead of law and ethics. We can now computer generate almost exact replicas of actors. If you have recently seen the film “Terminator Salvation” and other Terminator films you will note that salvation takes place before the other films. So unless Arnold Schwarzenegger found an amazing anti-aging cream he would not be nearly the right age to play the character of the Terminator. However, the solution was computer graphics. The entire film the other actors were screaming, hitting, and staring at air. Companies such as ILM (who make special effects for films such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.) can take clips or pictures of the actor then create an entire virtual person. It's similar Alvin and the Chipmunks or the Scooby-Doo films. The “real” actors just pretend to hear and look at the Chipmunks or Scooby-Doo. In this case however they are able to create an actual well-known human so well to the point where I would bet not one person could recognize Arnold was made out of the same stuff as Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story. Obviously most famous actors would sue companies for putting their face in a movie and claim compensation (money earned from the movie). An argument could be created on the other end too by claiming that these people did no actual acting in the film and technically the face in the film is not really them it's just animated. In some cases it's a combination such as Brandon Lee who died during the filming of the “Crow” then was replaced with a digital version of himself. An interesting scenario would be using Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice and feel in an animated creature such as a mouse and then deciding whether or not you owe him money since he did no voice overs. It will be exciting to see how law catches up will the spectacular world of computer graphics.

The author's comments:
My father and family has been involved in visual effects for many years.

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This article has 6 comments.

on Jun. 21 2010 at 10:47 am
all the tech. we have now they might be a 4D

on Jun. 21 2010 at 6:22 am
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
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Favorite Quote:
The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.

The idea of these actors being fully computer generated whatever-bots is actually rather unnerving. Kudos on bringing this up!

muffins said...
on Jun. 20 2010 at 3:56 pm
muffins, Seattle, Washington
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also at the person below, you have problems, 98 posts or whatever they are in 1 month?!?!?!?! YOu my friend are a freak

muffins said...
on Jun. 20 2010 at 3:54 pm
muffins, Seattle, Washington
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this comment was for the person below

muffins said...
on Jun. 20 2010 at 3:54 pm
muffins, Seattle, Washington
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who are you???? why do you like flowers?

on Jun. 19 2010 at 2:02 pm
Chinadoll BRONZE, Dallas, Texas
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Interesting, thoughtful, and well informed writing. That is a very unique idea. Great Job!

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