Framestore Creates CG Audrey Hepburn for Galaxy
The biggest challenges in recreating an authentic and unmistakable Audrey Hepburn proved to be the eyes and smile. Although the actress was cast for her eyes, and originally the team had hoped to use the real eyes and build the CG face around them, as post-production progressed it became clear that recognition was key to the success of this ad and, close though the actress was, full CG was the only way to get it right.
Similarly, the team worked tirelessly to recreate the icon's signature smile, with a team of four animators hand animating carefully posed expressions in every shot in order to bring the star to life -- as CG VFX Supervisor, Simon French, explains: "It is amazing how unique and how recognizable a person's smile is. When you see it in this detail, it really needs to look perfect."