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Actors Rule

Nope. Not happening.

Firstly, Toy Story was not the first full length animated film. The Apostle was, in 1917. Cartoons didn't bring about an end to actors, and neither will digital technology. Both have simply spawned their own medium.

Secondly, the video you posted is of an actress. Yep. You posted footage of an actress that has been run through a computer. That's like saying there'll be no more still photography then showing a picture of a model whose wrinkles have been photoshopped to prove it. Digital technology like that shown in the video will be great for doing things like de-aging actors for time travel movies, but it still requires a real performance underneath it.

More importantly though, audiences will continue to want to see actors in movies because they are, in fact, real people. That's the point. That's what makes them relatable. The fact that there is a real flesh and blood person on screen doing, thinking and FEELING what their character does is why we tune in, and why we then follow these people into their daily lives OFF screen. We have a relationship with actors that we simply can't have with animation.

Digital characters will become a bigger part of the filmmaking landscape, to be sure. But a replacement for actors? No way.

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Firstly, Toy Story was not the first full length animated film. The Apostle was, in 1917. Cartoons didn't bring about an end to actors, and neither will digital technology. Both have simply spawned their own medium.

Secondly, the video you posted is of an actress. Yep. You posted footage of an actress that has been run through a computer. That's like saying there'll be no more still photography then showing a picture of a model whose wrinkles have been photoshopped to prove it. Digital technology like that shown in the video will be great for doing things like de-aging actors for time travel movies, but it still requires a real performance underneath it.

David J

I've been wondering when i would see this happen... it just kinda made sense that things would progress to this point. I think it will be beautiful as suddenly anybody can create world class movies with virtually no money to fund their project.

Movies can even be crowd sourced too! which would be quite fascinating.

I think kids can even use such technology when its free to reinforce the very things they have learned in school - sort of a role play.

Though i would love to see the potential for students to have their voices and body/face inserted into the film as everything from props to background is generated by computer.

Matthew

All of those animated movies have actors, and all computer animated movies are made better by motion capture with real humans.

Suggesting that actors are just meat that act out a script betrays a deep ignorance of what acting is, how it works, and how difficult it is.

This will not happen.

dandellion

I guess you were staring at the animation and not paying enough attention to what she's saying. There is a girl (closing titles says her name is Emily) that acted all this. Then computer processed what she did and made the animation. Emily is not directly on the screen but she actually acted this. And there were cameramen recording her. For the animation to be realistic, you don't need just great processing power and CGI artists, you also need actors to portray the characters that will be animated. Marilyn's new movie in 2032? Sure why not? But that won't be Marilyn's performance. That would be performance of a CGI designer and actress who impersonate Marilyn. That's hardly enough to call the movie Marilyn's. And that's just the first reason why actors won't be obsolete in the future.

Studios pay vast amounts of money to the stars not because they have no other choice but because those amounts are making their industry. Entertainment is not the same as producing cheap plastic items for mass one-time consumption. Entertainment doesn't need to cut every possible expense. Just the same, throwing a tantrum, drugs and alcohol problems and other quirks are not unneeded. They are nuisance for the producer on the set, but nobody else is really bothered. That's a part of the job and that's what makes the industry live. What on Earth will make the gossips if actors become clean and straight?

And, as you hinted, all those jobs that would become obsolete would be replaced by other jobs, very similar to the originals. Actors will have to act the characters. There will be need for people to set the cameras and lights in Maya or Blender, people to design and execute clothes and props.... Actually it's even more people than in the old way.

if you want to get everybody out of the movie business, you might try with writers as well. Recently I explored the possibility of computer generated art, toying with the idea if a computer can write a novel. Well, it can. But I found three reasons that won't make art. I'd like to hear your thinking about it.

But even if this system make cheaper movies, would studios need to make 500 of them instead of 50? Hardly so. Nobody's crazy to devaluate own products.

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I dont know if this will happen by 2025 but sooner or later Im sure it will happen when technology is good enough. I mean who wouldve believed us if we told people in the past that music industry was going to be effected by the internet. yes there will be faceless actors at first but eventually the animation artists or softwares are going to be good enough that they wont even need the actors themselves. The actors created or that becomes popular will probably become trademarked or copyrighted so they can keep using them when needed.

Marc

You people fail to understand that computer technology increments exponentially in most cases. Sure Toy Story and even CGI movies of today require monumental efforts by whole teams numbering in the hundreds. But that is now. The operative word being NOW.

All this will be resolved by automation. As computers becomes vastly superior to what is available today, then you will begin to see machines that have millions upon millions of video and studied footage for face, body and emotion recognition.... to the point where it becomes superfluous because a computer of that scale will be learning continuously anyways.

At that point where it can recreate realism without even a real world reference point, but merely compiled datasets that become a standard language so to speak for future computers/machines/AI (what have you) and then you are entering the realms of total immersive reality simulators.

For those that say that people will never embrace AI or CGI actors, its very early to assert that. This has never been done before, so there is no precedent. Even cartoon animators of yesteryear were still dealing with voice actors. So the whole process was not completely divorced from people yet. However voice replication by machines will also be a very easy thing to do. You could have voices of long dead stars replicated with all the nuances of voice inflection by the 2030s 40s. Its not an impossible feat.

Anyways I think someone here overstated the importance of actors, by saying we relate to them far more than virtual ones. Well we don't know virtual ones that are indistinguishable from real life yet. So I will reserve judgement on that for now. But I do believe things will never be the same again. Modelling and many other professions that rely on the aesthetics of the human body to make a living will be endangered. But I don't see this as a bad thing. It just means we will have more options and those professions will drop in their demand and lofty costs they attract currently.

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