So Audrey Hepburn has been back in the news over the last few days as she is now in a new ad. But Nigel, she tragically died from cancer in 1993! How so?! Well, Galaxy chocolate have basically brought her back to life. Not in a Frankenstein or Zombie style but with the help of international effects agency Framestore.
Here’s a snippet from their description of the process. Dig the soul-less ™ symbol after Hepburn’s name and read more on their site here…
The process started with an exhaustive search for the perfect Audrey Hepburn™ double. The hope was to find someone who could give Kleinman the performance that he needed, and ideally to share as many of her features and characteristics as possible. Framestore then completed a round of extensive pre-shoot facial scanning at its in-house Capture Lab in order to deliver the complexities demanded by this project. This included a FACS (facial action coding system) session that allowed the team to record more than 70 possible muscle movements and capture high resolution textures for building their CG Audrey™.
All of this work with doubles and re-animating then gets you this rather alarming ad. She looks terrifying real. .
The film was done with the blessing of her two sons. Courtesy of The Independent…
Hepburn’s sons, who control her estate, authorised the use of her image, for which they will have received a fee. Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti say their mother would be “proud” of her new role, adding in a press release that she “often spoke about her love of chocolate and how it lifted her spirit”.
If this is all a little weird for you then it may be worth looking at this classic clip of Audrey receiving some lifetime recognition at the 1990 Golden Globes ceremony. At this stage she had more or less finished with the movies, concentrating on humanitarian work with UNICEF but her roll-call of honour at all of the people who helped her during her career comes as a humorous delight at the end of a touching speech and manages to name check every Hollywood movie-star imaginable. .
On January 20th 1993, three years and a day after that Golden Globes honour, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer. Her friend Gregory Peck paid tribute by reading her favourite poem “Unending Love”, click here to watch it.