I made a post a few months back on the skinny CGI special effects used on Chris Evans from the new upcoming movie Captain America. The story of Captain America requires that the lead actor appear to be scrawny before he undergoes a government experiment in World War 2. After the process, the actor would need to appear to be muscular and tall. In the past they might have cast two different actors, but today they can use the latest in CGI special effects. Below are some screenshots that showcase the effects that transformed Chris Evans into a skinny wimp. The effects house and artists responsible for this did a terrific job.
I’ve talked about how the process could’ve been done. I think any 3d animation was probably limited, but you never know. Things could be that good nowadays. I was definitely fooled by some of the 3d Armie Hammer effects in the Social Network movie. I think they definitely may have utilized some 3d tracking method to sync up footage of two different actors. It appears to me atleast to have been some very skilled compositing work that was used to give the illusion of Chris Evans as an extremely thin man. That is my best guess. However, I did mention that they created a 3d head of Armie Hammer in that Facebook movie. Could something similar have been done here?
The answer is that yes, they could have cyberscanned Chris Evans head in 3d with a variety of expressions and phenomes in order to create a puppet for him to project his acting on. They then would place tracking markers on to a skinny standin double and have him act out the scene. This would then give the proper data to the 3d head for movement and camera positioning. The compositing guys would then have to combine the two elements together. This could end up very convincing if the 3d head were done correctly. It worked in the movie the Social Network, but I’m not positive it was used for Captain America. There appears to be much more action in some of the scenes here where as in the other movie it was mostly just acting. So for this one I’m stumped. I will say this though, if it i is a full 3d head being used in this movie, I’ve been completely fooled as right now I am fully convinced it is actually Chris Evans face doing the acting and it’s just slightly warped to fit the skinny double’s body. It’s hard to fool a 3d animator when it comes to special effects, but I’m sure that it will be done someday if it already hasn’t. One things for sure, I’ll be in the theater opening weekend to check out the effects in Captain America.