27 Jan 2014

Real Time Retouching?

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Boggie "Nouveau Parfum" Boggie "Nouveau Parfum" The Soup/Redshark

A few years ago Dove made some excellent commercials using timelapse to show how a models face was digitally retouched for a poster campaign. Now Hungarian singer Boggie has taken the concept a step further...

 The Dove "Campaign for Real Beauty" ad was a groundbreaking use of timelapse to show the processes involved in making a model look "right" for a poster.

Now Hungarian post collective "The Soup" have taken that concept and applied it to a the video for "Nouveau Parfum" by Boggie, only now the retouching all takes place in real time as she is singing.

The song is in French and is basically a protest against consumerism and designer brands.

They shot the singer in four different states of hair and make up and then spent a long time compositing extra layers in After Effects to create the final result. Even the User Interface for the software was created by them. 

It's a brilliant piece of work and it must have required a lot of painstaking effort and patience. Take a look below.

It is remarkable and a little frightening that a lot of the comments are from people wanting to know which software package was used to do the retouching. :-)


Neil Roberts

I started out as a Video Tape Editor in the 1980’s and was one of the first editors to embrace non-linear editing at the beginning of the 90’s

I then went on to work for Lightworks and was instrumental in the development of their Heavyworks and Newsworks systems, sharing in the Technical Emmy that was awarded to the Heavyworks system.

After Lightworks I moved to Discreet logic (now part of Autodesk) where I was the European product specialist for Smoke and Fire.

I am an accredited Smoke trainer, I also do DaVinci Resolve training and I am an Independent Certified Expert for Sony.

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