‘Gemini Man’ VFX Breakdown: See How Young Will Smith Was Meticulously Brought to Life

/Film | 10/19/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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Though critics didn’t seem to care for Gemini Man much, one of the consistent compliments among many have been with regards to the visual effects used to create a young Will Smith that faces off with an older version of Will Smith. The team behind this amazing technological achievement in visual effects has consistently touted the fact that they didn’t simply de-age Will Smith’s face, but instead, they created a completely digital model of young Will Smith that was informed by a motion-capture performance. Now a Gemini Man visual effects breakdown reveals how it was accomplished.

What you see in this Gemini Man visual effects breakdown isn’t much different from what we’ve seen from the visual effects in the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy. A motion-capture performance is done either on set or in a soundstage built for motion capture, and the actor is replaced with a digital model. Technology has now allowed filmmakers to see a rough version of what the shot will look like in the monitor while cameras are rolling.

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You might be thinking to yourself that this behind the scenes footage seems to contradict that this isn’t just de-aging technology. But Will Smith’s face is only being used as a reference point for the digital model. Even in the scenes when Will Smith was on set...
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