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Week of TED: Brad’s face

Today’s TED talk: Ed Ulbrich, visual effects executive producer at Digital Domain, one of the creative forces behind the anti-aging face of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Ulbrich gave a fascinating demonstration of how a team of 155 artists working for more than two years created the face/faces. “Contrary to published reports that Pitt’s head was superimposed on the body of other actors for the film, the face of Benjamin Button was entirely digital for the first hour of the film, though it was painstakingly crafted using Pitt’s face and a series of technologies that were merged for the first time to create a new technique they’re calling Emotion Capture.

Ulbrich explained how they did it.”

Still nothing as far as footage, although the TED site already threw up a bunch of Twitter reactions to the talk, so it sounds like it’s definitely worth looking for.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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