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Paul Debevec, who spoke at TedTalks March 2009, is the master of  digital inventions that have powered the breathtaking visual effects in films like The Matrix, Superman Returns, King Kong and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He explains the scene-stealing technology behind Digital Emily, a digitally constructed human face so realistic it stands up to multiple takes. The image above shows Emily in the light stage during a scan, with all 156 of its white LED lights turned on. The most recent process requires only about fifteen photographs of the face under different lighting conditions  to capture the geometry and reflectance of a face. The photos are taken from a stereo pair of off-the-shelf digital still cameras, and a small enough number of images is required.

To read more about the creation process, visit Paul Devebec’s website here:

Below is a brief introductory video:

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