Are Actors Obsolete? Studios create 3D scans of Actors.
March 29, 2015
(Hollywood Reporter) For years, filmmakers have developed increasingly sophisticated techniques for replacing missing actors... Explains VFX supervisor Scott Squires: "If there's any inkling that you might need a scan, they scan the actor at the start of production. I've also heard of certain studios having actors scanned just as an archival thing." That way, 20 years from now, filmmakers would still have access to the likeness of that actor — dead or alive.