This Guy Used Free Software to De-Age 'The Irishman' and...It Looks Great

The Irishman cost almost $200 million. This guy redid it in his basement for free. Check it out. 

You heard the buzz, You saw the movie. And like many, you were probably somewhat impressed by the de-aging process like I was. But then, some guy in a basement with free software saw the movie and said: "I can do that."

He was right.

Check out the video from iFake below. 

According to its creator, it took 7 days to make the footage in the video. Sometimes, the results turned out even better with DeepFaceLab

That's kind of wild. 

It also terrifies me about what Deep Fakes hold for the future. 

But let's worry about that on another day. 

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It looks worse

January 7, 2020 at 3:06PM

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No shit Sherlock. But not tens of million of dollars worth of worse, which is the point.

January 7, 2020 at 9:51PM

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I don't think the point is to make it look worse...

January 8, 2020 at 9:11AM

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Orders of magnitude better than the SFX in the actual Irishman. It may not be 100 percent perfect but at least the characters can pass for people in their late 40s now, whereas in the original De Niro always looks like a guy on his 79s with a bad toupee and or dye job. I honestly wish Netflix would finance this guy or someone like him to redo the whole movie.

January 7, 2020 at 4:01PM, Edited January 7, 4:05PM

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J Robbins
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Was the aired footage just tweaked? If so, how did he rip the video? The Netflix codec (from what I've seen) is pretty bulletproof. It does look really good though, however he did it.

January 7, 2020 at 5:48PM

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Galin McMahon
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A quick google search will show you lots of ways

January 10, 2020 at 10:12AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
Director of Photography & Producer
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Just because you can doesnt mean its ok. But fair use also has a role. Which this seems like it would fall under.

January 10, 2020 at 10:20AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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it literally just looks like they put a selective blur filter on it...

January 8, 2020 at 3:16AM

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Isaac Elliott
Director - Producer
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Awesome! He used De niro from taxi driver. Blown away.

January 8, 2020 at 5:31AM

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Paolo Mugnaini
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I can see how DeNiro looks more like his younger self. Also looks like Polar Express
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January 8, 2020 at 8:12AM

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Ian Park
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He didn't beat Netflix. He just de-aged the de-aged version of them

January 8, 2020 at 10:48PM

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Why hasn’t NFS written an article about the 3 new drones from Autel, The Evo 2?? Every single product DJI launches, they act like it’s the next revolution in cinema!

Please cover the Autel Evo 2. Thank you.

January 9, 2020 at 4:20AM

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K W
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Perhaps you could submit a guest post if they are too busy to write one.

January 10, 2020 at 10:22AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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You bring up some good points about action and movement, obviously an older person isn't going to move like a younger person will but there are also other ways to counteract visually. Time remapping, VFX, stuntman can all change your look

January 10, 2020 at 10:24AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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My main issue with The Irishman VFX is that they don't look younger so much as "smoother". It reads more like a heavy beauty post filter. At least with the deepfake, I'm looking at 40 year old DeNiro. Its not flawless, but its not nearly as distracting as what they finally went with.

The second issue is that its 70 year old men playing 40 year olds but they cant because they are 70 years old. At 40, you still have that youthful spryness in your movements. I present the store beatdown scene and that sad kick that DeNiro delivers as to why perhaps casting younger actors would've been better.

January 9, 2020 at 6:40AM

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Nicholas Ortiz
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To everyone who says the de aging here is better than in the film; They were not going for simply making Al Pacino and Robert De Niro looking like younger version of themselves, but rather younger version of the characters (That's easy enough to do, and they show snippets of the in the behind the scenes feature.) They we're aiming to make them look like themselves, but with features of younger version of the characters. Take a look photos of Frank Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa in their younger years they look worn by time (I can't post links yet but Google Frank Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa 1950s and you'll see what I mean)

January 9, 2020 at 7:21AM

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Shlomi
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A 35 year-old may look older than some 35 year-olds but it's still within a specific time frame. He/she is not going to look 16 and he/she is not going to look 65. No matter who they are and what decade they're from.There are tons of shots set in 1975 where De Niro's character should be in his late 40s/early 50s and he looks like he's in his 70s. Rationalizing that by saying they were trying to suggest the real life individual is moot and foolish.

January 10, 2020 at 5:28AM

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J Robbins
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Well, that's what the director stated for their intention. He didn't want the actors to make look like the younger versions of themselves who had already appeared in his earlier films. But if you don't believe that as a reason, that's your call.

However, the above de-aging in this article is garbage and would never make the fuct. People are just giddy to see the little flickers of recreated images from movies they love pop in and out of the deepfakes. The smoothing and patchwork is awful and draws your eye to it.

Cool experiment but regardless of resources and team size, the above attempt is a failure.

January 21, 2020 at 12:04AM

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It doesn't look better. It looks plain weird.

January 9, 2020 at 9:40AM

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The out of focus "rubber face" look is not helping at all. At least the film's original de-aging looks like a real face...

January 10, 2020 at 10:19AM, Edited January 10, 10:19AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Ok, good job, but it's ONE single shot and they had thousands, and most were a lot more complicated to achieve. It also took 7 days, which is not nothing!
The biggest drawback in movie was often the actors themselves betrayed their age mostly by reaction time and the like. They felt older no matter how well done the de aging worked.

January 10, 2020 at 10:55AM

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Douglas Bowker
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wow, that's interesting

January 21, 2020 at 2:06PM

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Vladimir Glavenko
Director
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It looks terrible

April 13, 2020 at 1:49AM

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