08/29/2014

Making Hollywood’s Digital Doubles

17:22 minutes

A digital reconstruction of "Avatar" actor Stephen Lang’s face. Image courtesy of Paul Debevec and USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies
A digital reconstruction of “Avatar” actor Stephen Lang’s face. Image courtesy of Paul Debevec and USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies

For decades, Hollywood’s effects wizards have struggled to create convincing CGI human faces. But with films like Avatar and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, USC scientist Paul Debevec has proven it can be done. Ira talks with Debevec and Avatar actor Stephen Lang about how convincing “digital actors” are made, and what Debevec’s success could mean for the future of acting.

Segment Guests

Stephen Lang

Stephen Lang is an actor (Avatar, Gods and Generals) in New York, New York.

Paul Debevec

Paul Debevec is chief visual officer of the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California in Playa Vista, California.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.

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