The researchers at Disney have developed artificial intelligence that makes actors appear younger or older in seconds. If this becomes a standard, it could make that terrible CGI obsolete and unnecessary. It will also make it much faster, easier, and cheaper to re-age someone. But also, is it a step closer to not needing human actors at all?
If you ask me, you can never be too old for cartoons. And I’m sure that artist, actor, and teacher Samuel Manzanera would agree. When he’s not teaching or working on movie projects, he plays with Photoshop and makes himself hang out with his favorite Disney characters. He creates hilarious scenes and adds himself to them, and his composites are sure to make you laugh out loud.
Artificial intelligence has already gone pretty far in face swapping. In fact, there are some deepfake videos that are very difficult to figure out. But Disney Research Studios and ETH Zurich just made it even more precise, and also cheaper than before. And it can be so accurate that it’s kinda creepy.
There are many people who have dreams but sit on them their whole life. Doug Young is not one of those people. If there’s one example out there of packing up to follow your dream, this is it. Doug is known on Instagram as @dougdoesdisney and this account was a dream he pushed to reality.
Hailing from Massachusetts, Doug packed his whole life up to move to Florida. The aim was to be close to the house of mouse, and the results are, honestly, phenomenal. Nothing but Disney has inspired Doug to hone his passion for photography. The aim of this post is to share some inspiration with you, too.
The Toy Story movies are favorites for so many people, but Morgan and Mason McGrew perhaps like it a bit more than you or me. The two brothers from Des Moines, Iowa recreated the entire Toy Story 3 film from scratch. They used toys and shot them in stop-motion to show what their favorite movie would look like in real life. It took them eight long years to make it, but they stayed committed to their project. And now, their wonderful piece is finally finished and available to watch.
Perspective is a wonderful thing. It’s what lets us judge distance. How far away something is, to pick out what’s in the foreground from what’s in the background. It’s why we have two eyes. Cameras, though, only have one. In a still photograph, this isn’t much of a problem. Things just need to be roughly the right size relative to everything else and you can just flat stack 2D images.
When you move a camera, though, for animation or video, flat 2D images stacked on top of each other are an instant giveaway. Walt Disney knew this, so he developed the Multiplane Camera. It allowed him to stack the layers in 3D space so that when the camera moved, we see the shift in parallax and perspective. I saw a small clip of a video on Facebook, so I went hunting for the original on how it works.
Even if you’re too old for cartoons (as if you can ever be), I’m sure you know about Frozen. In February 2018, this Oscar-winning story is getting a Broadway show. Photographer Andrew Eccles photographed the actors for Vanity Fair, and in this video, they let you take a peek behind the scenes of this photo shoot.
Bonds between siblings can be really special. Brothers and sisters can fight over silly things, but at the same time, they’ll do anything for each other. A teenager named Anthony Angel wanted to do something wonderful for his little sister Anabel’s birthday. He wanted to throw her a special surprise, so he arranged a Disney-themed photo shoot for her. And since their mom Christina Angel is a photographer, she gladly took the responsibility to capture the moments of deep love and bond between brother and sister.