Einstein back to life

VFX SCIENCE

Digital Actors have been a research topic at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut, and Volker Helzle has been a chief researcher at the Filmakademie for many years.

In particular, Helzle and his team have focused on tool development for believable facial animation, using a reference to one of the greatest minds of the ages, Albert Einstein. This homage to the physicist and humanist investigates how documentary film formats can extend their horizon by meaningful inclusion of these digital actors.

Screen Shot 2019-12-08 at 2.40.00 pm Volker Helzle

“As most digital actor projects are related to high-end and heavy budget productions, we wanted to demonstrate how our tools can enable small production teams with limited budgets to realize a believable digital actor,” Helzle explains.  “In our exemplary production, we estimated the digital asset creation with 85 working days and 80 working days for each of the three episodes. Another goal was to build and release a reference for…

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