Jumat, 24 Agustus 2012

Film Making With Immortal Virtual Images of Historical Actors

Due to the incredible new software available it is now possible to make a movie without the actual actor. The software can look at the actor in various scenes, and those working in the editing room can control the actor on a digital basis. Once that is completed a hologram can be made, and it can interact with the actual actors who were on the scene, or put into a scene with various objects. Okay so let's talk about this shall we?

We have the capability to take Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and any other past actor and put them into a scene as if they were real today. We can make a brand-new movie with these actors wearing clothes of this present period, and it will look as real as if they were there. We are talking about filmmaking with immortal virtual images of historical actors. Yes, there are issues with this having to do with the "likeness" and copyrights. Still, many of the families of these former actors would be happy to release their likenesses considering the amount of money involved.

It also means that very famous actors such as Tom Cruise can produce several movies at the same time. They could actually be filming in one movie, and their likeness is being used in four others at the same time through digital editing. Perhaps he might get $30 million for doing one movie, and only 4 or 5 million for the movie which has licensed the copyrights to his likeness, with final editing cut privileges either from himself, or his agent. Can you see how that might work out?

A few months ago, I was in Beverly Hills at a Starbucks there near Rodeo Drive. I was talking to a young USC film school grad student about all this. I told him I wonder who will pick up the Academy Award the first time one of these films using an immortal virtual image wins an award for best actor. Will they have a hologram come up to the podium to make the speech? A hologram cannot pick up the Academy Award above their head and thank the crowd. The hologram could mimic what could be construed as an authentic speech, but holograms can't lift objects, at least not yet.

Indeed this is such an intriguing topic for the future of filmmaking, not to mention all the legal issues having to do with intellectual property, likenesses, copyright, future patented technologies, and so on that perhaps we need to talk about this more as time progresses forward because these technologies are nearly upon us. Please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Future Concepts. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net

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