The second season of Netflix’s animated sci-fi anthology Love, Death and Robots contains a short entitled “Life Hutch,” starring Michael B. Jordan as a space explorer who is trapped in the titular Life Hutch with a malfunctioning maintenance robot trying to destroy everything that moves. But was that real Michael B. Jordan or a CG character? The answer is both, and that’s what’s amazing.
Netflix released this mini-documentary “Inside the Animation” on the court, featuring Jordan and series creator Alex Beatty, revealing how they digitized the actor — but also used it for some live-action scenes. The process that captured Jordan’s facial animation alone is amazing, as are the results; As the video suggests, I absolutely can’t say who the real Michael B. Jordan is and who the animated version is because they captured his likeness and his facial movements so completely. I’ll even go so far as to say that Love, Death and Robots‘CG Michael B. Jordan is superior to Star WarsCG versions of Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One and Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian (although the latter is a gem, since it looked terrible).
The series also released a second vid-back-the-scene, giving a quick look at all the shorts that make up Love, Death and Robotssecond season. Since these two videos are labeled Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, it seems a safe assumption that more will come of it. Will they be more interesting than a perfect CG replica of Michael B. Jordan? Maybe not, but I bet they’ll always be interesting.
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