DI4D provides facial performance capture for Oscar winning Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

DI4D provides facial performance capture for BLADE RUNNER 2049

DI4D provided high-quality facial animation for a key visual effects (VFX) scene in the Blade Runner 2049 movie which won Best Visual Effects at the 2018 Academy Awards.

The Company’s DI4D PRO System was used to capture actresses Sean Young and Loren Peta on location in Budapest. Sean Young played replicant ‘Rachael’ in the original 1982 Blade Runner movie and Loren Peta took over the character in the new movie. Without the use of any markers, or makeup, DI4D captured and tracked Loren’s facial performance, delivering highly realistic facial animation for the scene.

Douglas Green, COO of DI4D said:

“We were delighted to be given the opportunity to work on BLADE RUNNER 2049. When we were asked to capture the facial performances for this key scene, we knew that our system could deliver the highest possible fidelity of data that the VFX Production Team required.”

“Being able to capture every nuance of Loren’s facial performance was crucial for this particular scene. We tracked her facial performance using a 7,400 vert mesh - the densest mesh that DI4D have tracked to date. We subsequently increased the resolution of the tracked data to approximately 30,000 verts. This resulted in the delivery of highly realistic facial animation for this pivotal scene.”

Richard Clegg, VFX Supervisor at MPC said-

“Quality data capture, especially for facial performances, is an integral part of producing digital humans. Dimensional Imaging (DI4D) came through for us with Rachael on Blade Runner 2049. Their team was highly professional and very accommodating".

DI4D has become the VFX industry’s foremost provider of facial performance capture for visual effects in movies, video games and virtual reality, and for advanced clinical and other scientific research applications. The company’s ultra-high quality approach sets the benchmark in this highly-competitive technical world.

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“The high fidelity of data delivered from their 4D system and quality of facial performance capture, ensured an extremely successful end result.”

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