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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.