Robert Downey Jr in Civil War, Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, or more recently Will Smith in Gemini Man … digital screen rejuvenation is becoming more and more popular. This CGI facelift technique, which gives a facelift to an actor, is mastered by the special effects company Lola VFX, which collaborates a lot with Disney / Marvel studios. Their first feat dates back to 2006, in the third installment of the X-Men saga: the final confrontation.
It is not necessary to wait long before seeing the scene in question, which is located at the very beginning of the film, when Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) go to a suburban suburb to meet a young mutant: Jean Gray , the Dark Phoenix, which will be at the center of this third opus. Flashback requires, the technical teams have chosen to rejuvenate the faces of the two players. We let you discover the result below:
Obviously, the technique has improved since, to achieve sometimes stunning results (as in The Irishman), but this first effect was most honorable. To achieve this, Lola VFX teams used images and photos of the two actors, to observe the movement of the face, reproduce them by computer and simulate rejuvenation. Great art!
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