Remember the part of The Matrix where Neo took the red pill? What if he took the blue pill instead? Ctrl Shift Face and VFX artist Chris Ume make us wonder no longer, with the help of some deepfake tech. If the concept seems familiar, you might recall this mashup. VFX breakdown and comparison clip here.
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We’ve already seen how computer graphics tech can be used to replace Back to the Future’s DeLorean with a Cybertruck. Now watch as Spider-Man’s Tom Holland and Iron Man’s Robert Downey, Jr. are placed into the roles of Marty McFly and Doc Brown, courtesy of EZRyderX47 and some sophisticated deepfaking software.
Deepfake technology can certainly be used for evil. But it also can be used to amuse, by faceswapping people into unexpected and hilarious situations. Crookedpixel used the tech to put Mr. Bean into a sexy commercial for Dior J’adore Absolu perfume, and now our libido is highly confused. Original commercial here.
Jim Meskimen is one of the most talented impressionists out there. But while he can work wonders with his voice, he still can’t look like the celebs he impersonates. But with the help of AI tech, Sham00K was able to do just that, creepily transforming Jim’s face to match his vocals.
Deepfakes can be used for harm, but they can also make us laugh our asses off. This clip from Dr. Fakenstein falls into the latter category, as he used the AI tech to swap the mustachioed face of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) onto every character in the opening credits of Full House.
(PG-13: Language) Thanks to the wonders of digital video effects, deepfake channel Ctrl Shift Face managed to transplant the face of Jim Carrey onto the head of Jack Nicholson, making classic scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation The Shining just that much more terrifying. Be sure to watch Episode 2 and Episode 3.
While the title doesn’t make sense when you think about it, we are impressed by the face-swapping work that Ctrl Shift Face managed to do in grafting Heath Ledger’s looks from The Dark Knight onto his head from A Knight’s Tale, thus explaining how he really got his scars.
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