The team used reference material from the 1984 and 1989 Ghostbusters films and digital scans of previously unseen footage.
MPC shared how Dr. Egon Spengler VFX from Ghostbusters: Afterlife was recreated. The character played by the late Harold Ramis was brought back through the power of visual effects and modern technology.
To craft a photorealistic digital Egon, MPC’s Character Lab team built a library of reference material from the 1984 and 1989 Ghostbusters films and got access to digital scans of previously unseen footage. From studying the footage, they selected key angles and facial expressions, then explored the aging process to reflect the concept art supplied by the filmmakers. The team was also supplied with scans and photography of the double who performed on set, and then texture artists combined them with their own library of skin maps and photography of a life model of a similar age.
The Character Lab team then developed the features using nuanced facial modeling techniques and rigging, and photorealistic hair and skin were developed. Particular attention was given to the look development of the eyes.
"Respectfully bringing Harold Ramis back to the screen was a project we were honored to take on, and we were humbled and overjoyed with the positive response from the client, the audience and Harold’s family," said Sebastien Rates, DFX Supervisor.