Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Morning TED Talk: Ed Ulbrich

How Benjamin Button Got His Face

Ed Ulbrich is the Executive Vice President for Production at a company called Digital Domain, which specializes in designing and creating effects for media. He oversaw the creation of the digital special effects in Titanic, What Dreams May Come, Fight Club, Zodiac, Adaptation and other feature films, as well as in hundreds of music videos and commercials.

This TED 2009 Conference talk exemplifies all three of the letters in TED: "T" for Technology, and "E" for Entertainment, and "D" for Design. Even if you haven't yet seen the movie Benjamin Button, about a man who ages in reverse, from old to young, you will enjoy seeing the amazing levels of technology that went into producing a lifelike but aged replica of Brad Pitt. 

If the video hangs for any reason, here is a link to a high-resolution .mp4 version (you will need an application like QuickTime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player to watch it).

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