🎬 CAA Clones Actors

CAA creates an army of actor clones 🎬, AI Ruins Old Flicks 🎞️, Aperture Prize shortlist is out 📸

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VISUAL CREATORS
For your artistic side.

River Claure, Untitled encounter 1, 2023

Aperture just revealed their shortlist for this year's Portfolio Prize. It's a who’s who of up-and-comers in the world of lens-based art.

This isn't just a pat on the back and a "good job" kind of thing—they're handing out a $3k cash prize, gear gift cards, and magazine features like hotcakes.

Oh, and there’s an exhibition slot at a NY camera club too. Whether you’re a shutterbug or just love to see the world through someone else’s lens, this is the list to watch.

PRODUCTION MASTERY
The commercial aspects of creativity.

A shot from 1994’s True Lies enhanced by AI (right) and comparison (left).

James Cameron’s 1994 flick, True Lies, got an AI makeover for its recent Ultra HD Blu-ray release. The film was touched up by Peter Jackson's Park Road Post Production, drawing flak from fans who deemed it “disgusting digital painting over film”.

The incident sheds light on a not-so-hidden trend: Hollywood’s quietly leaning on AI to refurbish old reels. Lightstorm Entertainment’s Geoff Burdick clarified that their AI’s not a “generative” or image-generating model like OpenAI’s forthcoming text-to-video project, Sora.

Burdick defended AI touch-ups as a boon to fix soft-focus shots or other minor imperfections.

Still, fans are wary of the AI brush, potentially linking it to the recent horror fest around AI-generated deepfakes.

CREATOR ECONOMY
Navigating the digital creative world.

Hollywood heavyweight CAA is getting into the deepfake game, but they swear it’s all on the up-and-up. They’ve opened a cloning facility, called The CAA Vault, that creates digital duplicates of their clients.

These clones aren’t for pranking or political intrigue — they’re for work. Clients can use them in future projects, reshoot scenes without the original actors, or even dub lines after the fact.

The move comes after a protracted dispute between CAA and the studios about unauthorized clones. According to CAA, the idea is to give clients control over their likenesses, which is why they offer the service to non-clients as well.

Just bring $1,000 and sign on the dotted line — and you, too, can be the star of your own movie...

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🔥 Press Worthy

📽️ VISUAL CREATORS

Apple patents multi-axis optical image stabilization for iPhones, signaling a potential leap in smartphone camera tech.

Nikon and RED start combining their tech a week after the acquisition. New camera using their combined tech will come "in a few years".

📈 PRODUCTION MASTERY

Kinefinity unveils prototype 8K camera at NAB 2024. Features higher frame rates and a redesigned SDI module. Expected release: July-August.

Freefly’s new Ember 2.5K camera rocks a Canon EF mount, shooting up to 2,900fps. Sony who?

🎭 CREATOR ECONOMY

Xiaomi’s new phone is challenging Apple and Samsung in the camera game.

HMD & Heineken unveil 'The Boring Phone', a stripped-down device promoting offline socializing.

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