History Main / DigitalHeadSwap

7th Apr '18 8:24:10 PM Angeldeb82
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Relatively recent among filmmaking effects because it's very difficult to do without CGI, this is a technique that makes it possible for an actor to be uninhibited by the limitations of his body type. It's mostly used for comedic purposes, creating a sort of MixAndMatchCritter situation with a man's head on a woman's body, or something similarly ridiculous. Also popular is the method of putting a real face on an otherwise [[SerkisFolk CGI character]] or vice versa. It can also be done to hide the use of stunt doubles or just to fix a shot in which someone's face is obscured or otherwise not ideal for the film.

[[SpecialEffectsFailure Done poorly]], especially in early cases when the technique was not perfected, this can easily create ConspicuousCGI and dip into the UncannyValley, although this effect can also be invoked on purpose.

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Relatively recent among filmmaking effects because it's very difficult to do without CGI, this is a technique that makes it possible for an actor to be uninhibited by the limitations of his body type. It's mostly used for comedic purposes, creating a sort of MixAndMatchCritter [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match Critter]] situation with a man's head on a woman's body, or something similarly ridiculous. Also popular is the method of putting a real face on an otherwise [[SerkisFolk CGI character]] or vice versa. It can also be done to hide the use of stunt doubles or just to fix a shot in which someone's face is obscured or otherwise not ideal for the film.

[[SpecialEffectsFailure [[SpecialEffectFailure Done poorly]], especially in early cases when the technique was not perfected, this can easily create ConspicuousCGI ConspicuousCG and dip into the UncannyValley, although this effect can also be invoked on purpose.



* ''Film/GameOfDeath''. In order to complete the movie after the death of Creator/BruceLee, they hired a FakeShemp to stand in for Lee by either obscuring most of his face with sunglasses or, in one infamous moment, [[SpecialEffectsFailure pasting a cardboard cutout of Bruce's face onto a mirror to act as the double's reflection]].

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* ''Film/GameOfDeath''. In order to complete the movie after the death of Creator/BruceLee, they hired a FakeShemp to stand in for Lee by either obscuring most of his face with sunglasses or, in one infamous moment, [[SpecialEffectsFailure [[SpecialEffectFailure pasting a cardboard cutout of Bruce's face onto a mirror to act as the double's reflection]].



* In ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' when Jack and Rose are running down a flooded hallway, their faces are superimposed over stunt doubles.. It's noticeable, though, as the sequence was longer and in slow motion.

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* In ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' when Jack and Rose are running down a flooded hallway, their faces are superimposed over stunt doubles..doubles. It's noticeable, though, as the sequence was longer and in slow motion.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', this has been used numerous times to revive Classic Doctors for cameos whose actors aren't young/alive enough to convincingly portray their version of the character. Drew some criticism in the significant shot of them all standing together in the ending of "Day of the Doctor", which involved [[SpecialEffectsFailure a waxwork Tom Baker head that looked nothing like him and some neck attachment problems]]. Well-received when reviving the First and Fourth Doctor for cameos in the "Save the Day" trailer, "Name of the Doctor" and "The Witch's Familiar", though.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', this has been used numerous times to revive Classic Doctors for cameos whose actors aren't young/alive enough to convincingly portray their version of the character. Drew some criticism in the significant shot of them all standing together in the ending of "Day of the Doctor", which involved [[SpecialEffectsFailure [[SpecialEffectFailure a waxwork Tom Baker head that looked nothing like him and some neck attachment problems]]. Well-received when reviving the First and Fourth Doctor for cameos in the "Save the Day" trailer, "Name of the Doctor" and "The Witch's Familiar", though.
10th Dec '17 2:07:30 PM lakingsif
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* This is done in the first episode of ''Series/BlackMirror'', to fool kidnappers into believing that their demands had been met. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

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* This is done in the [[Recap/BlackMirrorTheNationalAnthem first episode episode]] of ''Series/BlackMirror'', to fool kidnappers into believing that their demands had been met. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
19th Oct '17 10:44:39 AM igordebraga
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** ''Film/BladeRunner2049'' has this to recreate [[spoiler:[[http://ew.com/movies/blade-runner-2049-rachael-sean-young-cameo/building-a-mystery Rachael]]]].



** Done with Robert Downey Jr. in a couple scenes in ''Film/IronMan3'' as he broke his ankle during a stunt and was unavailable for some time.

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** Done with Robert Downey Jr. in a couple scenes in ''Film/IronMan3'' as he broke his ankle during a stunt and was unavailable for some time. A younger version of Downey also appears in a "flashback" of sorts in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' combines Creator/HayleyAtwell in make-up with an actual octagenarian to show 70 years have passed for Peggy Carter.
** A younger Creator/KurtRussell shows up in flashbacks of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''.



* Done for Guru Pitka's child self (with Michael Myers' normal head) in ''Film/TheLoveGuru''.

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* Done for Guru Pitka's child self (with Michael Mike Myers' normal head) in ''Film/TheLoveGuru''.


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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' has a flashback with a young Jack Sparrow, done by pasting the face of late 1980s Creator/JohnnyDepp.


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* ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' had this to feature Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in spite of him being Governor of California at the time, by pasting a replica of his face in [[Film/TheTerminator the original movie]] onto a T-800. ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' did the same for "younger" versions of the T-800 (though in the case of one that fights naked, the CG artists took it one step further and placed an entire digital torso).
15th May '17 3:52:27 PM VicGeorge2011
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* A rather impressive example in ''Film/TronLegacy'' where Jeff Bridges's 20-year-younger head is digitally re-created. Jeff Bridges performed motion capture for the younger CG face, but another actor entirely filled the glowy shoes.

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* A rather impressive example in ''Film/TronLegacy'' where Jeff Bridges's Creator/JeffBridges' 20-year-younger head is digitally re-created. Jeff Bridges performed motion capture for the younger CG face, but another actor entirely filled the glowy shoes.
15th May '17 3:48:25 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''Film/RogueOne'', Peter Cushing's head was digitally placed on the head of another actor in his role as Grand Moff Tarkin. At the end, the head of young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia was digitally placed on the head of another actor during a brief scene where the Princess receives the stolen plans for the Death Star.


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** In ''Film/RogueOne'', Creator/PeterCushing's head was digitally placed on the head of another actor in his role as Grand Moff Tarkin. At the end, the head of young Creator/CarrieFisher as Princess Leia was digitally placed on the head of another actor during a brief scene where the Princess receives the stolen plans for the Death Star.
15th May '17 3:47:06 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''Film/RogueOne'', Peter Cushing's head was digitally placed on the head of another actor in his role as Grand Moff Tarkin. At the end, the head of young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia was digitally placed on the head of another actor during a brief scene where the Princess receives the stolen plans for the Death Star.
10th Apr '17 12:12:03 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/RisingSun'', and its film adaptation, a computer programmer notices that the head of an alleged murderer caught on video has a blue halo, suggesting that his face had been digitally inserted. She demonstrates the technology on SeanConnery's and Wesley Snipes' characters, swapping their heads in the computer.

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* In ''Literature/RisingSun'', and its film adaptation, a computer programmer notices that the head of an alleged murderer caught on video has a blue halo, suggesting that his face had been digitally inserted. She demonstrates the technology on SeanConnery's Creator/SeanConnery's and Wesley Snipes' characters, swapping their heads in the computer.
24th Mar '17 8:35:47 PM KidDynamite
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* The Wayans brothers vehicle ''Little Man'', wherein one of the brothers took position on the body of a child actor.

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* The Wayans brothers vehicle ''Little Man'', wherein one of the brothers Marlon took position on the body of a child actor.


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* Music/{{Korn}}'s video for "Word Up" has their faces put onto the bodies of five dogs.
26th Jan '17 6:13:05 AM alnair20aug93
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* Basically, with enough Photoshop skills, the "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/face-swap Face Swap]]" meme is this.
8th Nov '16 6:28:19 AM Anddrix
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* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', Tweedledee and Tweedledum have actors' heads on digital bodies. As well, the Red Queen's head is greatly enlarged.

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* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', Tweedledee and Tweedledum have actors' heads on digital bodies. As well, the Red Queen's head is greatly enlarged.
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