One of the definite positive points of Ang Lee’s Gemini Man is the photorealistic double of Will Smith. Will Smith plays a 50 year old man named Henry who is an ex-US government assassin. He is on the run from a 23 year old version of himself. Even from the trailers it looked like a younger Smith, perhaps even predating The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The “deaging” technology used here is way different from how it’s done in other movies.

How De-Aging Is Done In Marvel Movies

A deaged Nick Fury (on left) from Captain Marvel. Pic courtesy: cinemablend.com
A deaged Nick Fury (on left) from Captain Marvel. Pic courtesy: cinemablend.com

Some of the most notable deaged characters in recent memory certainly come from Marvel. For example” A deaged Tony played by Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War and a younger Nick Fury played by Samuel Jackson in Captain Marvel. All this is done by making use of LOLA visual effects. The actors shoot normally and then in post production it is the effects team who complete the digital changes to carry out the “youthening” of the faces. Yet these kind of  MCU effects are often called “cartoony”.

How Gemini Man Takes The De-Aging Technology Up A Notch

The deaging technology used in Gemini Man is visually groundbreaking. Pic courtesy: Boca.co.za
The deaging technology used in Gemini Man is visually groundbreaking. Pic courtesy: Boca.co.za

In Gemini Man, the above procedure for deaging isn’t exactly followed. Lee’s team instead created a digital construct from scratch. This digital creation was done by WETA for Smith’s clone, known as Junior. The digital capture was driven by Smith’s performance capture and emotions. Lee analyzed hours worth of footage of a younger Smith. He also used a higher frame rate and a high resolution camera to create a hyper realistic version. So, Smith did a scene in mo-cap for Junior and the effects team then swapped him with Junior using WETA tech.

But all of it falls apart in the last part of the movie. There Junior looks amateurish and doesn’t even sync up with the Sunny background on campus. It appears Lee had to cut corners at the end and the result is a movie which just fell short of technological greatness. Hopefully this movie won’t be too much of a stumble for Will Smith and he will be able to recover with the Bad Boys sequel.

Want to know more about the deaging process used in Gemini Man? How about you hear it all from Will Smith only:

(Source: CBR.com and theverge.com)

Facebook comments:

Leave a Reply

Adcodes and Instructions provided for: animatedtimes.com ============================================== animatedtimes.com ============================================== ======================================== SID 15564 EDGE_Animatedtimes.com ======================================== PLACE THIS CODE BEFORE THE TAG Edge Ad Code: EDGE_Animatedtimes.com ======================================== ======================================== ***EDGE Trafficking Instructions:*** ======================================== EDGE ad code should be placed directly on the site within the body at the end of the page. The default EDGE configuration is described below. If you have requested a custom configuration, please disregard default settings below. EDGE can be trafficked through ad servers via javascript tags, 1x1 javascript pixel, or DFP/GPT synchronous tag. In DFP, make sure that SafeFrame is disabled (it is automatically enabled by default), otherwise the tags will not work properly. For DFP/GPT, see this link to "Traffic and serve out-of-page creatives": https://support.google.com/dfp_premium/answer/1154352?hl=en ======================================== ======================================== ***EDGE Default Configuration:*** ======================================== SLIDER - Rails w/ Content Detect and Footer w/ Ad Detect: - Serve rail placements (160x600, 300x250 and 300x600) for Desktop when open space is available. All sizes are located at the bottom of the window by default. - When rail space is not available, serve 728x90 or 970x90 footer. With Ad Detect enabled for desktop footers, a 728x90 or 970x90 will not be served when it covers a standard IAB format (728x90, 300x250, 160x600, and/or 300x600). ======================================== ======================================== ***EDGE Default Settings:*** ======================================== - Device Targeting: Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile Phone - 100/24 Frequency cap - Minimum Time between EDGE sliders: 3 seconds is the minimum time allowed; may be increased ========================================