Repost from @wired “On the left of this photo is Robert De Niro's original performance in Netflix's 'The Irishman'. On the right is how his de-aged face appears in the film. Developing the de-aging process on Martin Scorsese's film took two years. Finishing the whole film took twice that long. One of the challenges: Scorsese was not about to ask the likes of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to walk around his set with motion-tracking markers all over their faces.
In recent years, the race for viable de-aging technology has ramped up. Studios used to just ask VFX houses to do a little facial touch-up—thinning out wrinkles or fixing bad makeup—but as computers got faster and software got better, they started realizing fuller-scale de-aging was possible. -
Scorsese wanted to be able to shoot his movie the way he would any other. No mo-cap. No actors walking around in headgear. “The film takes place from 1949 to 2000, and it goes back and forth in time continuously,” Scorsese says. “The problem is, by the time I was ready to make the film, Bob De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci can no longer play these characters younger in makeup.” So, when Pablo Helman, one of Industrial Light & Magic’s veteran visual effects supervisors, said he could do it more au naturel, the director was intrigued. “I said, ‘I don’t know. I can’t have the actors talking to each other with golf balls on their faces. It gets in the way of the actors, and the kind of film this is, they need to play off of each other. If you can find a way to lessen the technical aspects of it, it could work.’”
Click the link in our bio to read more about how Helman and Scorsese were able to make the actors appear younger without the usual tricks. 📸 Netflix”
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