FaceDirector: Continuous Control of Facial Performance in Video

Charles Malleson, Jean-Charles Bazin, Oliver Wang, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Adrian Hilton, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015, pp. 3979-3987


We present a method to continuously blend between multiple facial performances of an actor, which can contain different facial expressions or emotional states. As an example, given sad and angry video takes of a scene, our method empowers the movie director to specify arbitrary weighted combinations and smooth transitions between the two takes in post-production. Our contributions include (1) a robust nonlinear audio-visual synchronization technique that exploits complementary properties of audio and visual cues to automatically determine robust, dense spatiotemporal correspondences between takes, and (2) a seamless facial blending approach that provides the director full control to interpolate timing, facial expression, and local appearance, in order to generate novel performances after filming. In contrast to most previous works, our approach operates entirely in image space, avoiding the need of 3D facial reconstruction. We demonstrate that our method can synthesize visually believable performances with applications in emotion transition, performance correction, and timing control.

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author = {Malleson, Charles and Bazin, Jean-Charles and Wang, Oliver and Bradley, Derek and Beeler, Thabo and Hilton, Adrian and Sorkine-Hornung, Alexander},
title = {FaceDirector: Continuous Control of Facial Performance in Video},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2015}