Saturday, February 8, 2014

To Digitize or Not To Digitize

A few days after Philip Seymour Hoffman died, Lionsgate said that the actors passing would not disrupt the completion of "The Hunger Games" film series. That seems to be common place in Hollywood, no matter how big the actor was who played him or how majorly the character effected the story. The actors seem to never be bigger than the characters, and honestly, that's not a problem for me. Every time I sit down to watch a movie, I want the best experience possible. No actor, or crew-member or script or direction should tarnish something that could be extremely great. That's why "Fast & Furious 7" is still on the way and that's the reason why "The Dark Knight Rises" still happened in 2012.

Pertaining to Philip Seymour Hoffman and "The Hunger Games" series, the direction for his character may not be what you think. They will not kill the character off-screen, they will not give him an off-screen send-off, they will not re-cast the character. Lionsgate has stated that one plan being discussed is to digitize Philip Seymour Hoffman for his finish. When Hoffman died, he still had roughly seven more days of shooting left and one of his characters big scenes had not been recorded yet. So, to Lionsgate, a digitally recreated Philip Seymour Hoffman maybe their best bet.

This would not be the first time something like this happened. The biggest one I can personally remember was in 2000. When Oliver Reed passed away before completion of Ridley Scott's "Gladiator." The last few minutes of Oliver Reed onscreen he was completely digitized, and if you re-watch that movie. There are certain mannerisms and stances that look familiar from the rest of the film. All of the dialogue in those final moments of Reed we don't see come out of his mouth. It was clever in the way that it handled the rest of the characters story arc.

As of recently, we see more and more of Hollywood not doing that. Christopher Nolan respected Heath Ledger so much that he didn't even mention The Joker in "The Dark Knight Rises," which was either good or bad. Personally, I think they could have at least mentioned the character in the last Batman movie. "The Dark Knight" vastly effected the beginning and outcome of "The Dark Knight Rises," so to not mention the character felt strange. But we also have yet to see how well the crew behind "Fast and Furious 7" handles the sudden exit by Paul Walker. 

All in all, I am not with or against the use of digitizing a an actor for a film finish. However, I wonder if any of you might like it or not. Do you think digitally recreating Hoffman for "The Hunger Games" help or hurt the overall film? Do you think it will pay a respect for the actor or not? I am generally curious to see how you all have to say about this potential plan. This isn't set in stone yet, but if Lionsgate goes on with it, what are your thoughts?



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