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The Most Famous Movie Ever Is Coming

November 30th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 15 secs

The future of movies will be unlike anything we've ever seen.

The future of movies will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

Can you believe the biggest, most famous movie is on its way? Amazingly, nobody knows what it will be called. Nor have they got any idea what it will be about. But it’s coming.

If you are old enough, you remember certain iconic moments like when Elvis died, the first Star Wars film first screened, ET reared his head, and so on.

The film industry has had to work hard to keep the excitement high. So they blow up things with high fidelity “Sensoround”, have turned up the violence, and graphic technology to boggle our mind. Middle Earth was created near the end of the Earth in beautiful New Zealand, complete with orcs, elves, hobbits, and dwarves. Then the movie industry took tried another trick, returning to the concept of 3D movies.

But the biggest, most game-changing film event is still pending, and it has its origins in the likes of an unlikely movie called, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Now, I don’t know if you ever saw this picture, but I’d have to say it was pretty lame. Mixing real characters with animation, it was painful to watch even when it was released, back in the late Eighties.

Yet, everything has to start somewhere. Nobody winces at the computer graphics of animated movies like the Toy Story series, Shrek, Up!, or Despicable Me. Motion picture image quality just gets better and better.

Which gives a vital clue to what’s coming to a cinema near you. For now, the computer graphic imagery (CGI) that could almost but not quite imitate real life actors would creep audiences out if it tried to simulate real humans. Called the uncanny valley phenomenon, designers of humanoid robots and high-tech animation know it’s better to steer well away from that spooky zone and keep simulated characters looking cute.

That’s why we keep seeing cartoon CGIs. There’s nothing overtly realistic about them so they all look okay.  But that’s not the future.

When it comes (over the horizon, it seems) CGI will produce a movie with actors that are human in every way. Only, they won’t be human at all.

The biggest event in movie history after talkies and color is coming and this time it will not have a single human being in it.

Doing this won’t be easy, not least because we will all be straining our eyeballs to pick up even the slightest telltale sign that the “people” acting aren’t real. We will know they are not. But our perception will simply be unable to tell the difference.

How far away will this first synthetic human movie be? I anticipate within the next 5 years, based on advances in computer technology. Soon after, remaining film stars will no longer receive meteoric sums when CGI ones will do it for nothing. And, even voice-over artists will eventually be superseded when the technology to create cyber celebrity voices takes over.

Yes, movie making will never be the same again. So, savor today’s actors and enjoy the fact that you can still appreciate seeing living, breathing, talented actors. Because the greatest movie ever made is coming and it’s going to change everything.

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