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In Reply to: RE: Saw Rogue One posted by Ross on December 29, 2016 at 19:59:54
Being of the Star Wars franchise you can expect that ILM (Industrial Light & Magic)was behind the effects. Of course we see it in the credits at the end of the film. But....heck, ILM pioneered the industry starting with the first Star Wars... and now the firm continues to stay in step with the cutting edge of cgi movie technology.
Over the years there have been several attempts at duplicating a living and breathing human with CGI....unsuccessfully. And when I look at the cgi construct that was Peter Cushing I am at once amazed at how close they got to reproducing his likeness, and also somewhat creeped out because in the end it fails to convince. This likeness had this effect, probably, because of the many facial close-ups. It was Peter Cushing, as if brought back from the dead and just ever so slightly -- not him.
The cgi Princess Leia was a close repro...but not done as well as was Cushing. But those shots were brief and somewhat blurry. (intentional no doubt)
X-wing fighter pilots from the original movie...some of those guys were included and they did not look 40 years older! I'm guessing that the faces were not cgi constructs, but everything around them was and so original footage was put into use there. In another month or so we will be able to read about the tech that was used in a few different industry magazines. I'm looking out for my next issue of Computer Graphics World.
Oh, yeah, I liked the movie too. What if it turns out that the stand-alone movies outclass the episodic ones? I wouldn't be surprised.
CGI staff used extra footage from the original as source material for characters in the new movie. As I understand it, 40yr old footage was digitized, then broken down to extract specific portions of the frame images. The extracted data was merged into new digital files to create "new" footage for the new movie.
Cushing looked like he was embalmed, and also a bit older than he did in the original. However, this one took place in the time frame immediately before the original movie. There were times he looked like he was superimposed into the scenes, and other times when you could see halos around his image, and edge pixelization.
...IMO. I can't identify exactly what it was about his image that I found unnerving but unnerving it was. Carrie Fisher was less unnerving probably for reasons you stated. OTOH these CGI humans are much better than past attempts...creepiest in distant memory was "Polar Express".
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