Saturday, August 23, 2008

She's Not Real: Image Metrics Emily


She's not real -- she's a CG version of actress Emily O'Brien created by facial animation studio Image Metrics. It took me a while to figure this out. Even then I still can't believe it!!

Using (USC's) Institute for Creative Technologies' special scanning system that can capture facial details down to the individual pore, the face of actress Emily O'Brien was transformed into a digital representation of herself, which could then be entirely machine-manipulated. A special spherical lighting rig captured O'Brien in 35 reference facial poses using a pair of high resolution digital cameras. The facial maps were then converted into 3D data using Image Metrics' proprietary markerless motion capture technology.via

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