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October 15th, 2006

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12:49 am - Fascinating movie tech
Here's an excellent article about the new image capture technology. To produce anything worth watching, you will still need skilled writers, people skilled at creating sets on computer, and of course actors who can speak and move well. However, with this tech, the actors need not look any particular way, all that can be done using footage of famous actors, CGI, or whatever. I find this idea absolutely fascinating, with luck skill will soon replace appearance for all but a few well-known stars, and with luck, in time they too will be replaced and the job of screen acting will be about speaking and moving well and not (as it all to often is now, especially for starring roles) looking like Tom Cruise of Angelina Jolie. Definitely a change vastly for the better.

Of course, 5-7 years after this comes into common use, it will be available on home PCs, which means that people can more easily cut and paste characters in TV shows and movies, allowing all manner of oddnes, such as replacing a love scene between Lana and Clark in Smallville with a scene where all images of Lana has been replaced by images of Lex Luthor, which will likely fairly crude-looking for all but the truly skilled and deeply obessessed fan-vid creators, but will definitely provide much fun for many fans. Definitely interesting times for film.
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Date:October 15th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
What I'm wondering about is how long it will take a political candidate to pay a hit TV show to give them a guest appearance as the action hero who saves the day.
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Date:October 15th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Well, there goes any and all history. Now it can be made up entirely without anyone actually being there!

And though I love the idea of really great sci-fi or fantasy movies being made with this, I can also see corrupt politicians using this to swing uneducated voters.
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Date:October 17th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Another issue I have with this sort of technology is that it could increase the chasm between "reality as depicted" in media and "reality as experienced" by most people. What happens to people's self image when everyone depicted in the media looks like a variation of a hypertrophied Tom Cruise or an anorexic Angelina Jolie?

To me this relates to what I refer to as an increase in "mediated reality" in which people increasingly experience reality through the filters of more and more self-referential media and have less and less experience and understanding of biological "reality". The problem with this being that our actions have more and more impact on biological reality.

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