A few days ago, Cary Fisher, who played the role of Princess Leia in the famous Star Wars series, passed away. But this does not mean that we will not see her again. In the film "Rogue I" she again appeared before the audience, as young and irresistible as before. Not so long ago, Peter Cushing, who we know from the role of Grand Moff Tarkin, the commander of the Death Star, reappeared on the screens, who died 20 years ago.
However, there is nothing to be surprised at, since we are dealing with digital "resurrection". Thanks to modern technology, digital avatars of long-gone actors have become a reality.
This is how the actor Henry helped "resurrect" Grand Moff Tarkin. To create a mobile digital model, it was covered with special sensors that track movements. Then a model of the face and body of the desired actor is superimposed on the animation wireframe. This technology was first tested in the films "The Lord of the Rings" and "King Kong".
Peter Cushing, 1977
The viewer is confronted with the so-called "sinister valley" effect, a term from the field of robotics and 3D animation. According to many viewers, they become somewhat uncomfortable at the sight of the obviously "inhuman" avatars.
Filmmakers did not have to turn to digital technologies because of their good life. In 1994, Brandon Lee died on the set from an accidental shot, and 5 years later, on the set of Gladiator, Oliver Reed died. The “digital” doubles were already playing out for them.
Technology is technology, but what about ethics? It turns out that in order to get the go-ahead for digital resurrection, you have to get permission from the owners of such unusual brands. Robin Williams, who was still alive, banned the use of his digital image for 25 years after his death.