Finally, a story about deepfakes without moral malevolence and consent issues that afflict the the people who create them. Tuesday, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm confirmed that the company hired a popular deepfake creator as a “lead facial capture artist” as part of the company’s computer graphics subsidiary, Industrial Light and Magic.
The creator, a UK-based YouTuber named Shamook, had recently gained fame in the Star wars community after one of his rigged videos ended up going viral. The clip was specially designed to enhance the appearance of a young Mark Hamill during The Mandalorian season two finale and racked up over two million views on YouTube.
And it’s easy to see why, looking at Shamook’s deepfake work alongside the work of Industrial Light and Magic (the Lucasfilm division reresponsible for this kind of CG graphics), the work of the hobbyist is arguably better than that of the pros.
Apparently the clip was good enough to convince the Industrial Light and the Magic team to recruit Shamook for the Mandalorian’s coming seasons. ” During the last years, ILM has invested in both machine learning and AI as a means of producing compelling visual effects, ”a spokesperson said in a statement to Indiewire about the rental. They added that the company is “always on the lookout for talented artists” and that it is “it’s great to see momentum develop in this space as technology advances.”
Shamook alluded to the hiring earlier this month in a comment he left on his YouTube channel, noting that since joining Lucasfilm earlier this year, he “hasn’t had time to work on a new YouTube content, ”on his channel, although he also added that now that he’s“ installed ”in the role,“ downloads should start to rise again. “
While his Luke Skywalker deepfake music video may have been his big break, Shamook has been using deepfake technology to create all kinds of content since his channel started in 2018. He has used his skills to put a deeply tampered with Will Smith in. the Franchise Matrix, to smooth The face of Henry Cavill when appearing in the 2017 Justice League movie, and getting old a little wrinkled Robert De Niro. With a bit of luck, in this new role, we’ll see a lot more of Shamook’s work on the big screen.