All fans were surprised by the participation of Luke Skywalker in the last episode of the second season of 'The Mandalorian'. no one expected to see Mark Hamill in the series Disney Plus, with the same look that the character had in 'Return of the Jedi', released almost 40 years ago. The result of the recreation of the actor's face in computer graphics, however, divided opinions.
It didn't take long and many special effects specialists started working on the images with the intention of improving them. One of them was youtuber Shamook, which is dedicated in its channel to improving bad effects and putting actors in roles that never lived, through the technology of “deepfake”. And the result was so good that Shamook was hired by Lucasfilm.
The news was given by youtuber himself, in a comment on a video in which Robert Pattinson takes the place of Christian Bale as Batman in a scene from 'Batman Begins' (2005), by Christopher Nolan.
“As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilms a few months ago and didn't have time to work on any new YouTube content. Now that I've settled into my work, uploads should start to increase again,” says Shamook, who is now “Senior Face Capture Artist” at the studio.
In a statement sent to IndieWire, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Lucasfilm's special effects arm, said it was always on the lookout for talented artists.
“In recent years, ILM has invested in both machine learning and AI as a means of producing compelling visual effects work, and it's been amazing to see momentum building in this space as technology advances,” says the company.
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Lucasfilm used the same feature twice more, in the same film: 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' (2016). Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia and Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin have come back to life on the big screen through technology, with the same look as 'Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope', released in 1977.
But while Luke from 'The Mandalorian' was voiced by Hamill himself, Tarkin was played by Guy Henry (motion and voice capture) and Ingvild Deila doubled up for Leia, while his only line – the word “hope” – was dropped. directly from the original 'Star Wars' movie.
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