How They De-Aged 'The Irishman' Cast

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. In this video Rodrigo Prieto, the DOP of the movie, discusses how they used three cameras and infrared markers to make it possible to de-age them in post. He also talks about using different LUTs in different eras of the movie to emulate the most popular film stock colors used in these different times. 

What I appreciate is that it wasn't all done with a green screen. The actors actually sat in a car with large LED screens alongside it which showed the roads passing by. This gave the actors a sense of where they were instead of just a green screen, and this projection also lit them in a more natural way than just studio lights would've allowed, and it also reduced budgets as neither the keying was necessary in post production nor the building of a real set that would've been added to the budget. 

Doing it this way gives the actors a sense of reality, and they can actually put themselves into a scene, instead of having to imagine it and act the part. I also think that changing the markers on their faces to only be visible in infrared gives the movie a sense of reality, even if they were de-aged. 

Is using LED screens playing a video a new method, or is it common in the movie and video world? Let us know in the comments. 

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Spy Black's picture

Although I haven't seen it myself, everyone I know, and I mean non-pro laymen, all say the anti-aging looks like total shit. When an average viewer can come to that conclusion, they are doing something terribly wrong.

Your logic is on point. I actually refuse to watch Citizen Kane for the same reason... everyone I talk to who's seen it has commented on how boring it is and how fake Orson Wells' aging makeup looks, and these are just regular people, not experts. When regular people are making fun of your movie, you've got a serious problem!

Spy Black's picture

"I actually refuse to watch Citizen Kane for the same reason... everyone I talk to who's seen it has commented on how boring it is and how fake Orson Wells' aging makeup looks..."

I don't think that's a good approach to getting a handle on Citizen Kane. ;-)

yep .. it was quite distracting.
Full rendered Will Smith in Gemini man was most of the time alright .. i guess also very expensive

No it was horrible, looked very video game ish and STILL had the uncanny valley/dead eyes look. I've seen it done better in other movies. They shoulda just deep faked it

Smith in Gemini Man? cause I agreed about Irishman .. that looked bit worse than best you can find in video games :)

That's not the problem, the problem is the movie is boring as shit.

Yavor Kapitanov's picture

Except the filmography, the movie was pretty uninteresting to watch. Same old bs about Italian mafia and what not.

The 3rd act is the only interesting part. But yeah, the de-aging was in the uncanny valley still. But that's not what ruined the movie.

We turned it off 1/3rd of the way through because the anti-aging was just wrong. I agree the story was slow so maybe that’s why the effects took on an even more disconcerting experience.

Yavor Kapitanov's picture

Wait what? You can turn off what? How?