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How The Irishman’s Groundbreaking VFX Took Anti-Aging To the Next Level | Netflix

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I think the technology did not deliver yet.  It was so distracting for me that I could not get into the performances of any of the actors where it was applied.  The opening shot was of such poor quality, it may have perhaps set the tone for me for the rest of the film.  It looked like some cheap prosumer electronic gimbal was used or something.  (I later learned of the 3-camera challenge they had). I had to stop watching a little bit before midpoint.

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How noisy were those rigs, I wonder.. 

 

And yeah, cool techno, but, they still don't look human.. And it doesn't matter if you can capture the performances of the actors without dots or other peripherals to help digital artists. The problem is in the script and in the minds of the creators to use the same actors for different ages,thinking they'd get away with it... It's like trying to not get burned, or hot, while carrying a burning piece of wood. 

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Did you all see this?

 

Some Deepfaker on YouTube Spent Seven Days Fixing the Shitty De-Aging in The Irishman

And you know what? It's objectively better.

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a30432647/deepfake-youtube-video-fixes-the-irishman-de-aging/

 

Here's iFake's video, though I presume he basically polished ILM's work:

 

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1 hour ago, Jim Feeley said:

 

And you know what? It's objectively better.

Is crazy how some YouTuber did a better job than "the pros". But also not that surprising, often seems to happen with cutting edge technology, the guys getting the big bucks are getting beaten by others. 

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1 hour ago, IronFilm said:

Is crazy how some YouTuber did a better job than "the pros". But also not that surprising, often seems to happen with cutting edge technology, the guys getting the big bucks are getting beaten by others. 

 

I don't know. As I mentioned above, I doubt iFake on YouTube started with unretouched camera footage. She or he most likely ripped the film from Netflix and thus was building on ILM's heavy work. What they did is cool, but more along the lines of the Phantom Edit. (and to be clear, the quote in your post is from the Esquire article, not me...no worries IronDave).

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The fact they likely did this just with footage ripped from Netflix just makes this even MORE impressive, as they're missing access to the very large data set ILM was able to draw upon. (as it was filmed with multiple cameras all at once, which was meant to help improve the quality of the CGI in post) 

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The thing that's scary is how good the deepfake algorithm actually is. But it probably wouldn't be as good if the algorithm hadn't seen the already retouched footage...

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