Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)


Advanced photorealistic CGI human animation

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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4K HDR video

CGI making of video


1) Tarkin, portrayed by Peter Cushing in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) is now played by Guy Henry with a CGI replica of Cushing's face superimposed over his. Henry previously played Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House (1982) during the 1980s, using Cushing's role in Sherlock Holmes (1964) as his model. 

2) The character of Grand Moff Tarkin, played in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) by Peter Cushing, is revived and "performed" by Cushing, despite his death in 1994. Cushing was resurrected with CGI by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) with the blessing of his estate, and actually performed by Guy Henry on set. Henry and ILM went through hours of old footage from Cushing in order to get all of his facial mannerisms right. Henry then performed the role on set, while wearing head-mounted cameras that recorded all his facial movements. ILM then replaced his face with a digital mask of Cushing. As luck would have it, a face cast of Cushing made for Top Secret! (1984) had recently been found in an archive, and was of great use in this process. Cushing received a special "with special recognition to Peter Cushing" honorable mention in the end credits. Similarly, with the blessing of Carrie Fisher, the character of young Princess Leia has a brief cameo, with much help recreating her facial features with CGI, while physically performed by Ingvild Deila.

3) For more Star Wars watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).