There was so much to choose from for the first Web Weekly post of the year, but something broke the internet recently that really stood out. The thing in question is the L.A. Noire blooper reel posted by Motionscan pioneers Depth Analysis last week.
L.A. Noire (developed by Team Bondi, published by Rockstar Games) is a video game that draws upon the Film Noir style of the 1940′s and it does indeed play like a film. It features the acting talents of many, most notably Aaron Staton (known for his work as Ken Cosgrave in Mad Men) who plays the main protagonist of the game, Cole Phelps. Now when I say acting talents, I don’t just mean voice acting, as is the norm in this kind of media. Thanks to the technologies developed by Depth Analysis, actors had their faces along with every single facial movement transported into the game. you can check out a much better explanation of how this works here along with clips of the recording process in action.
The results are no doubt visually amazing, if not a tiny bit creepy. However, not even this technology is free from human error as is quite evident in the comical video below.
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