Audrey Hepburn Returns in CGI form for Dove Chocolates

Thanks to the advancements in technology and being able to breathe new life into our iconic celebrities of the past (here’s looking at you, Tupac), visual-effects company Framestore and ad agency AMV BBDO have brought back Audrey Hepburn for a wonderful 60-second commercial for Dove chocolates (known as Galaxy in the UK and Ireland). Seriously, a task such as this was very time-consuming and required a heavy amount of work, plus some excruciating trial-and-error.  

The trial-an-error in question refers to the agency’s first crack at creating an authentic-looking Hepburn. The attempt involved the agency casting a woman with eyes similar to Hepburn’s, and then digitally captured 70 face muscle movements and high-resolution textures from the current actress via face-scanning technology.  However, compiling the double’s eyes with a CGI Hepburn proved to be a extremely difficult task, and the agency’s had to go back the square one.

In the end, the team continuously and tirelessly built a 3D model of Hepburn based on her entire film, photography, press footage, and documentary catalog.  Add in testing the boundaries of a new rendering program to create realistic human skin (that involved light tracing, texture systems, etc.) to create new footage, and four animators re-creating Hepburn’s smile (requiring frame-by-frame hand animation techniques), the group was able to successfully create the CG render of the iconic actress.  Check out the final product below.

It’s both eerie AND adorable!

[Thanks CNET]

15 thoughts on “Audrey Hepburn Returns in CGI form for Dove Chocolates

    1. “Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” – Audrey Hepburn


  1. This is so wrong! Audrey Hepburn is not alive to say no to this. Paul Newman testified before Congress years ago saying that he did not want his likeness used in this way. The ad shows fine print at the very beginning indicating that Audrey’s son signed off on this. Shame on him.


  2. Personally, I like the ad. I love Audrey Hepburn and all that she stood for. If this gets more people to google the ad and find out about the star and her causes, all the better. She was an amazing woman.


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