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This. Is. Just. Wrong.
VW must be made to pay for this abomination. You do not remix (badly) Gene Kelly! Additionally, we're now officially at the 'scary' stage of what they can do with computers and old footage. Revisionist historians are creaming in their shorts. Um... thanks, elfs,

I am: annoyed annoyed
Current Media: Singing in the Rain

dariusk From: dariusk Date: February 16th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah. Disturbing.
From: ninjarat Date: February 16th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
On the one hand, I think it is neat that we *can* do stuff like that.

On the other hand, that does not mean that we *should*.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 16th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yep - really cool technology being misused. :-)
7threality From: 7threality Date: February 16th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
we're now officially at the 'scary' stage of what they can do with computers and old footage.

Nah, that stage will be when we get to something my father envisioned...

New episodes of Star Trek, the original series.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: February 16th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'd be up for that.
7threality From: 7threality Date: February 16th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Me too, but only if they can capture the spirit of those episodes.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 16th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Maybe they could finally complete their 5 year mission.
buran From: buran Date: February 16th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I thought it was funny. C'mon, VW's ads over here suck, and they also lie (c'mon, the Jetta's stock suspension handles well in curves? That's the VERY FIRST mod you do if you're starting on modding your car to be a better car -- you get rid of the crappy stock suspension for something that doesn't suck.

I'll take crappy music remakes over blatant lying any day!
wedgex From: wedgex Date: February 16th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Heh. If it makes you feel any better, from what I can tell they're not actually altering any old images. At first glance, what they've probably done is reconstructed the entire set and refilmed the sequence from scratch with a new dancer doing the new moves. After doing that, they then go in and replace the new actors face with either actual footage of Gene Kelly from Dancing in the Rain, or quite possibly they just started from scratch and generated his face completely with computers. (I'd say, given the fact that we only actually see him sing two or three lines, it's probably a function of the former.)

We did the latter on an actor in the video-coaster film running at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, replacing his face with a 100% cg Young James Brown. One of the earliest instances of this kind of work appears in Jurrasic Park. (Watch at the end when they're trying to escape the raptors in the ceiling crawlspace and Lex drops through one of the ceiling tiles. The shot from above as she dangles by her fingertips and looks up at the camera is Ariana Richards' face digitally superimposed on the body of an adult stuntwoman. :)

There's also a 50/50 chance in both that commercial and any other car commercial you see on television of the car itself being 100% cg. Even when you think it's not. :)
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ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: February 16th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
There's also some CG head replacement of a slightly higher quality in xXx, where Vin Diesel's head is getting plastered on his stuntman's body. ;)
buran From: buran Date: February 16th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yes, this was done by having an actor dance and then the face was digitally painted on later. There was a fairly indepth article about it on the VW site I frequent.
From: toebear Date: February 16th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I couldn't see the whole thing. My computer locked up on me. Which is a sure sign that Tomato doesn't like to show me bad things. I swear the computer's got AI...

Anyway. What I was able to catch was freaky. *Looks for her blankie to go hide under now*
purly From: purly Date: February 16th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
From: bramsmits Date: February 16th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
And that is coming from the same company that went ballistic over the 'terrorist' commercial? Someone must've forgotten to get his common sense prescription refilled.