‘Gemini Man’: Will Smith’s Younger Clone Is a Major Advance in VFX Tech

‘Gemini Man’: Will Smith’s Younger Clone Is a Major Advance in VFX Tech
For “Gemini Man,” director Ang Lee’s latest 3D high-frame rate experiment (120 frames-per-second at 4K resolution), Weta Digital needed to elevate its animation prowess with the industry’s most believable digital human. It’s 50-year-old Will Smith (Henry) fighting 23-year-old Will Smith (Junior): aging assassin vs. his younger clone assassin. “We didn’t even think of it truly as de-aging; we thought of it as a complete creature replacement,” said Guy Williams, Weta VFX supervisor.

Junior, then, represents the logical evolution beyond Weta’s remarkable Caesar (Andy Serkis), while also applying lessons learned from “Alita: Battle Angel”. This included leveraging the much lighter footprint for onset facial capture along with faster and more interactive models, better facial rigs, and greater real-time tools for instant feedback, among other advancements.

But it also required radical innovations to meet the scrutiny of high-frame rate: “Part of the challenge was the youthification of Will Smith,
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