Face Swap - A Deepfakes Sci-Fi Short
The ability to use off-the-shelf AI algorithms to put words into famous mouths is already with us as we saw last year in the Jordan Peele authored Obama warning, but where will deepfakes take us next once the technology shifts up a gear?
That’s a question which sparked our imagination and resulted in Face Swap – the story of a man who convinces his wife to add a little AI spice to their sex life.
We shot on a Red Helium with Leica Summilux-C lenses. To our crew’s surprise, given how AI algorithms handle face-swapping, we didn’t need to put any markers on our actors’ faces or light them in a special way.
We knew that certain camera angles would produce better results than others, but due to our rushed shooting schedule, we weren’t always able to get the optimal angle.
Luckily, we chose a story that didn’t rely on the conversions being 100% seamless.
The face-swapping was done on a powered-up gaming workstation, which was also used for the rest of the visual effects (Adobe After Effects, 3DS Max).
When applying the CG faces on the original shots, we had to find a balance between making them attractive and keeping some of the seams visible to convey they are imperfect projections.
Hope you enjoy!