A New De-Aging Tool Was Used In HBO Series

The tool called Shapeshifter was used in the HBO series, Righteous Gemstones, to de-age John Goodman. 

Gradient Effects used their new tool to de-age John Goodman in the fifth episode of Righteous Gemstones. But it's worth mentioning that the tool is a different approach and the technology has been developing for years and was already used for different purposes. 

Eli Gemstone is one of the main characters of the show. The HBO describes him as the larger-than-life patriarch of the family, who has built an evangelist empire with his wife and is afraid that their three kids can get lost after his wife's death.  

The fifth episode of the show has a flashback, where his life is still alive, and the empire is only growing. In order to make the whole episode look realistic, John Goodman had to be de-aged. 

Dr. Eli Gemstone in 1989 (John Goodman)

Dr. Eli Gemstone today (John Goodman)

Gradient Effects studio works mostly for TV episodic visual effects. The company has offices in Los Angeles and Munich. The technology is also used by their film division, SCRTLB, Secret Lab. They've been using it for the past 8 years, including working on the lighting in Marvel Studios' film Thor.

If you want to find out more about the way this tool works, and how the de-aging effect is achieved now, check this article.

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