SXSW Interactive 2016

Lighting Hollywood's Real and Virtual Actors

How does photoreal digital actor technology work and what does it mean for the future of acting and filmmaking? This talk will describe several projects using USC ICT’s Light Stage facial scanning systems which have created photoreal digital actors for movies, video games, and cultural heritage, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, Maleficent, Furious 7, and the pioneering research projects Digital Emily, and Digital Ira. Recently, a mobile Light Stage helped create a 3D Portrait of President Barack Obama, and a full-body Light Stage is being used to three-dimensionally record and project testimony of survivors of the Holocaust.

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  1. How have the light stage systems progressed over the years?
  2. What applications does this technology have aside from lighting actors for Hollywood?
  3. How can I use the recent HDRI lighting techniques and the Light Stage scanning systems to create realistic 3D actors?



Vicki Hanson, Distinguished Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

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