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Face Swapping May Become As Easy as Pushing a Button

Face Swapping is a fun (and often disturbing) internet meme of swapping people’s faces in an image. But to automate the process and do it with video? That’s what Harvard Computer Science graduate student Kevin Dale focused on in this research project with some really powerful results. We present a method for replacing facial performances Read MoreRead More

How Science Made Movies Awesome

Popular Science dug through it’s archives of over a hundred years and found articles of when science improved our movie going experience. After the use of narrative and orchestra music became integral to cinema, filmmakers devoted themselves to elevating movies from experimental form of entertainment into an art form. Not only were we there to Read MoreRead More

Motion Capture of Actors Real With Conventional Cameras

Those funny motion capture suits may be a thing of the past. Computer Scientists and filmmakers are working together demonstrating the capability of systems to track and replicate movement with regular video cameras. While movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Ted” still combined real actors with digital counterparts, the well-known director Steven Spielberg focused entirely on Read MoreRead More

Your Brain Subconsciously Controls Blinking While Watching Movies

Each time you blink you loose 450 milliseconds of visual information, that’s 6 seconds every minute. This means during a 150-minute film your eyes are shut for up to 15 minutes. But don’t worry about missing anything important because your brain subconsciously controls the timing of blinks so you don’t miss the action. Even more Read MoreRead More

Science Reveals What Makes a Catchy Movie Line

Mama always said writing memorable movies lines was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. That is until now. Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has created software that identifies memorable quotes with the same accuracy of humans. This means computers might one day help writers test Read MoreRead More

Right-handed people sit to the right of the movie screen to optimise neural processing of the film

Japanese researcher Matia Okubo gave 200 students a grid showing seats available in a theater with the central seats shown as occupied with the screen at the top of the grid. In the experiment all the students were told the film had positive reviews, but half where also told that the story was sad and Read MoreRead More

Could Minority Report’s Pre-Cogs be a Thing of the Future

No, they’re not three pasty guys in a jacuzzi trying to predict the future. Researchers are developing computer programs to watch surveillance cameras to look for unusual behavior and predict crimes before they happen. Computer software programmed to detect and report illicit behavior could eventually replace the fallible humans who monitor surveillance cameras. The U.S. Read MoreRead More

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