Who Needs Humans When You Have Emily?


Hollywood-based Image Metrics which has done special effects and animation for several Harry Potter Films and Grand Theft Auto released a demo illustrating the realistic quality of their animation technology. The person in this video from the company is not a real person. Her face is an animation.

It's very lifelike. And who needs a whining, demanding actor when you can just program one instead? Everyone says geeks will inherit the earth. With this technology, it seems they just might. Right from their keyboards.

The technology's true test and vetting will, of course...like everything else, come from the porn industry. Boobs not big enough? Push a button. Penis not properly elongated for that crucial scene? Push a button. Orgasmic facial expression representative of pinching a loaf instead of blissful pleasure? Push a button.

If society isn't already obsessed with perfection, this technology may cause anything remotely less than perfect to be dubbed absolutely unacceptable.

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Tools   

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Uh Steve, I think you've got this wrong. THAT IS A REAL PERSON. The only part they have futzed with is the face itself -- that's why the rest of the video (hair, body, etc.) looks so good and the face looks relatively crappy.

See at the very end when they caption it "Plate (Real Emily)" --- that's the whole real person (and real face) without the bad animation superimposed over her face.

In short, their product sucks as bad as every other CGI implementation attempting to appear human -- all they're doing is digitizing from video rather than digitizing by sensors on actors' faces, which of course work better than this crap.

Posted by: B on August 21, 2008 5:16 PM

I know that and I'm sorry I forgot to clarify that fact.

Posted by: Steve Hall on August 21, 2008 5:27 PM