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Not new news but sounds like they are getting closer. I guess this would be a bad time to think about getting into the move business.


1 January 2009 1:30 AM, PST


Silicon Valley is on the verge of producing sophisticated software that will allow motion picture companies to create actors on a computer who are visually indistinguishable from real people, San Jose's Mercury News reported today (Thursday). In the words of the newspaper, which closely follows the sofware industry, when software engineers finally achieve what it calls "the holy grail of animation," stars would be able to "keep playing iconic roles even as they aged past the point of believability like Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft or Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter." Rick Bergman, general manager of AMD's graphics products group, told the Mercury News that his company "is getting real close" to producing computer-generated actors that will look identical to real human beings.
 

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Just like that movie Simone with Al Pacino (definitely worth watching) very funny and Simone is gorgeous.


Great.... more money and power for the already outrageously rich studios heads....and I think of that occasionaly when I pop in another $30.00 Bluray!!


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Well, if they can "replicate" existing actors, maybe they can create new actors, hire voice over speakers and get rid of all of the overpaid, under abled existing actors. (and then lower the cost of making movies) . Won't happen because of unions but we can dream.


And yes, Simone was a hottie !!
 

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This could reduce those making 15mill a pop to leasing themselves out to mortal birthday party's signing "Remember me" autographs.
 

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So, who will appear on Oprah then? The real or virtual Tom Cruise?
 

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Go watch "Benjamin Button". We are there already. We are putting other actors faces and expressions on other performers.


Creepy!
 

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Would it be self-serving of me to mention that I have a contract with the tabloid press to develop software that will generate private lives for these virtual actors? Yes, your favourite starlet will continue to slide out of limos without any panties; the wardrobe malfunctions will indeed continue as will the trips to rehab. Best of all, Tom Cruise won't just 'go over the couch', he'll go over your couch.
 

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But will these new virtual actors be environmentalist whackos who tell others how to live while driving SUV's and flying around in private jets. Or will they also spout their own stupid political views?
 

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Originally Posted by Chu Gai /forum/post/15465197


So, who will appear on Oprah then? The real or virtual Tom Cruise?

You mean on the "Virtual Oprah Show"? She has at least ten years on him. This stuff isn't too hard to predict; I predicted a (CG) Hulk movie and a revival of Scooby-Doo about ten years back. Though I didn't expect 'Scoob' to be CG.




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Go watch "Benjamin Button". We are there already. We are putting other actors faces and expressions on other performers.


Creepy!

We've been there for a while; it was done on Jurassic Park also.
 

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Possibly one of the best films I have seen in a while.


If your kids are older than 13 they will LOVE it. My fifteen year old son wants to see it again already (as do I).
 

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Possibly one of the best films I have seen in a while.


If your kids are older than 13 they will LOVE it. My fifteen year old son wants to see it again already (as do I).

Thanks ! It did look like a film I'd like to see. My three left at home are 11,9 and 6.


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If they are so close, why do all CGI effect stink?
 

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"Silicon Valley is on the verge of producing sophisticated software that will allow motion picture companies to create actors on a computer who are visually indistinguishable from real people"


I 'd think the harder s/w task is "directing" them.


"I was thinking we could be in for some interesting porn at some point...They can't even make a realistic looking Lion yet ,at least that I've seen."


Into kitty porn, eh?
 

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If they are so close, why do all CGI effect stink?

NIN74,


I was at a scientific conference recently on computational methods in transport theory.

One of the attendees was from one of the companies that does CGI. He said that a

lot of time; they calculate the proper CGI effects - they calculate how we would see the

photons coming off the object. However, they are frequently "overruled" by the graphics

artists - they don't like the way the CGI looks - even though optical physics says it

should look that way.
 

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Yea, I was thinking we could be in for some interesting porn at some point.

Oh, think of the possibilities. Who doesn't want a virtual Ron Jeremy?
 
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