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Andy Serkis rallies for digital performer rights



Serkis questioned where the boundaries lay when an actor was digitally captured.
“When your performance becomes data it can be manipulated, reworked or sampled, much like the music industry samples vocals and beats. If we can do that, where does the intellectual property lie? Who owns authorship of the performance? Where are the boundaries?”

He raised the issue of ethics around bringing people back to life using digital technology.
”The ability to create photorealistic characters, to digitally de-age actors or digitally resurrect performances from actors who have passed, raises some serious issues,” 

He highlighted that performance capture could see actors play different ages, races, and abilities but recognised the inherent cultural insensitivities.
“Performance capture is the end of typecasting. With it, there should be great opportunities for disabled actors to play able-bodied characters. It would be possible for an actor of colour to play Abraham Lincoln and for me, as a middle-class white man, to play Martin Luther King. The question is whether that is ethically right. Diversity is hugely important so I can understand sensitivities about this.”

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Tags: actor / actress, casting / auditions, computers and technology
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