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I am involved with a lot of technologies that are cutting edge simulation technologies (funny, I can do some bizarre coding using egentic algorithms but cannot do HTML... Go figure)

Anyway, I have been aware of the work of a company called Image Metrics (they are not the only company able to do this either, they are just one of the first to get to market. Weta is investing HEAVILY in this technology as well) that is able to produce completely digital actors that are indistinguishable from a livig person.

Regardless of what Weta and PJ decide to do with this technology, what it means is that someone, at a future date, could use this technology to re-edit the LoTR movies to make them completely authentic and faithful to the books... And, all without having to re-hire any of the actors or do any on location shooting... As a matter of fact, the whole process would be done on a desktop computer altering the digital "film" that much of the movie was shot in.

If you would like to have a look at what the technology is like... Have a look at this >>[1]<< link... It is a video of "Emily" demonstrating the technology

I wish that they had not put the warning before the video that Emily doesn't exist as a "real" person.

I know that if no one else is on this by 2015, that I will begin my own work on completing a faithful and complete set of movies for the Silmarillion, Children of Hurin (replacing parts of The Silmarillion), The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings (possibly with many interludes and side-projects that would deal with the materials in Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle Earth.

This is the sort of thing that advancing Information and digital simulation AI is making possible.

What will be even nicer. The Movies could be done in such a way as to make it possible for the viewer to do their own casting of the movie... Say that you wanted to see George Cloony as Aragorn, or Sam Neil as Gandalf (I didn't say that these were going to be good choices, just that they were possible), then all you would need to do would be to load the appropriate character wrap and off the film goes making the adjustments it needs along the way (How about Woody Allen as the Balrog? or Snoop Dog as Morgoth???)

Actually in all seriousness... You could make choices that were more to your liking and make sure that the dialog was proper too (like Legolas being the one to identify the Balrog in Moria, not Gandalf - and making Legolas a bit more mature looking... He was a few thousand years old after all)

Sorry for the verbosity, I tend to have that trouble.

Matthew 16:56, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

So you can really do all this, just with digital animation? Sweet. I don't know much about any of this stuff, but if there's any way I can help without doing anything like that, I would be glad to.--Aragorn47 00:16, 21 October 2008 (UTC)