“What’s Up TikTok!”: CGI, Deepfakes, and the Dangerous Future of Moving Images

“What’s Up TikTok!”: CGI, Deepfakes, and the Dangerous Future of Moving Images
Photo: Deepfakes/Tiktok - @deeptomcruise That smile, we all know it. Some of us love it. Some of us hate it. But we all know it: it’s Tom Cruise, or is it? When “Tom Cruise” recently popped up on the widely popular short-video app TikTok, literally popped into the frame while playing a hole of golf, everybody collectively thought: there’s no way! What’s Tom Cruise doing on TikTok? Because he sure looked like Tom Cruise; he sure sounded like Tom Cruise; he sure acted like Tom Cruise… except he wasn’t Tom Cruise. He was a deepfake version of Tom Cruise; he was Deepfake Tom Cruise, @deeptomcruise on TikTok. Related article: Evolution of Technology in Cinema: Film to Digital, CGI, VFX, Motion Capture & Beyond Related article: Evolution: Every Tom Cruise Role From 1981 to 2021, All Performances Exceptionally Poignant For those of you who don’t know what a deepfake is,
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