CGI has come a long way – from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King’s Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has used a projection technology called Omote to project makeup onto a live model’s face.
At first, the model goes from very basic makeup to a more dramatic, runway look. I initially thought, “OK, so this is just like every random makeup app that imposes makeup onto a selfie.” But then I noticed the movements of the model’s face, and just as the accuracy of the technology set in, I realized that the term “electronic makeup” is a crazy understatement.
Watch for yourself. The facial transformations that happen, one after another before your eyes, are amazing.
Asai hasn’t revealed the technical details of the project, but as SlashGear points out, it seems to use an initial face-mapping technology to latch on during real-time movements and accurately project various designs onto the face. This isn’t Asai’s first go at CGI, but it is one of the first times the producer has done CGI work on non-stationary objects.