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  • Artificial actors and musicians are on the horizon
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Are people ready for CGI superstars?

Special effects animators estimate that we’re less than ten years away from creating computer-generated characters that are almost indistinguishable from their human counterparts. As CGI and AI edge closer to replicating human likeness and behaviour, will being ‘real’ matter to future audiences?

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In 2016, Star Wars: Rogue One achieved a cinematic milestone by digitally resurrecting deceased actor Peter Cushing’s character Grand Moff Tarkin and reverse-ageing Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of Princess Leia. [1] Utilising motion capture technology and computer-generated imagery, visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic was able to reconstruct Cushing’s vintage performance by combining original footage from 1977’s Star Wars with on-set performances by contemporary stand-in actors. While the feat had a mixed response by fans, film critics began to question the implications of such technology. Now that we can create near-photorealistic avatars, would computer animation soon make ...

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