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Ian LeoWarping Face Effect
by on Dec 30, 2010 at 12:54:31 am

Hi! Does anyone know how to warp someone's face to form another guys face. This isn't a morph effect. It's similiar to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, where they drink Polyjuice Potion and slowly warp to Harry. Here is an example on YouTube:

(Skip to 1:14 and see how the boy wearing a red shirt and a jacket over warps)
If anyone knows how to do this, It would be great, thanks so absolutely much! I hope this isn't asking too much! :)

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Warping Face Effect
by on Dec 30, 2010 at 6:09:35 pm

To achieve that effect you need a motion control rig, multiple passes and yes, I'm afraid you will need to do some morphing to get the desired result. Here's a simple all AE morphing recipe that I posted before:

Use Mesh Warp.
Set 2 layers in a AE comp- the "morph from" layer on top of the "morph to" layer.
Start on the layer you want to morph from- apply Mesh Warp and set keyframe. Move 8 to 15 frames (or as many as you need your morph to be) and change transparency to 50% so that you can see the layer under. Use the mesh warp to distort the features of the top layer to match those of the bottom layer ( eyes to match the eyes, mouth to mouth and so on..).
Apply Mesh Warp to bottom layer and set keyframe at the end of the transition. Go back to the beginning of the transition and use the Mesh Warp to distort the bottom layer to match the top one's features.
Set transparency keyframes to animate the top layers opacity from 100% to 0 for the length of the morph.
That's basically it.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior Compositor/VFX Artist

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Ian LeoRe: Warping Face Effect
by on Dec 31, 2010 at 1:20:27 am

Thanks! Although it wasn't excatly what I said, I really really appreciate it! :) And I'm thinking I should do that method! :)

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