No, it’s not April Fools again, but Hollywood is up to some new tricks you might not know about. New York magazine has a fascinating cover story on what is essentially Photoshop for film. Yes, we know about CGI but the things they do now are pretty amazing and detailed. Wonder why Pee-Wee has never aged…?
Beauty work is budgeted into most shows and films — and is considered such a priority that several industry sources say that they often cut other expenses to afford it. In the same way a magazine might use a star’s favorite hair and makeup team as a courtesy, producers sometimes negotiate a touch-up budget or promise to hire a preferred digital cosmetician. But “for a top actress, it’s usually noncontractual with us, so that that document never gets out,” says one prominent entertainment attorney.
“It’s in everyone’s best interest that she not look haggard and that her jowls don’t look too old or whatever.”
A studio executive says that on one of his biggest films, an A-list actress declined digital touch-ups—until she saw that they’d retouched her male co-stars. In the end, he says, “we did 275 touch-ups on her.”
De-aging, once a groundbreaking special effect in Benjamin Button, is not so special anymore. In Netflix’s Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, 63-year-old Paul Reubens picks up right where he left off in 1990, thanks to Vitality Visual FX, a firm started by two Lola founders. Reubens told the New York Times,
“I could have had a face-lift and we would have saved $2 million.”
Check out the trickery below and read the full article here. Harrison Ford as his 38 year-old self in Spielberg‘s new Indiana Jones is just a few hundred thousand mouse clicks away.
(via New York)