Modeling and Rendering for Realistic Facial Animation

Stephen R. Marschner, Brian Guenter, and Sashi Raghupathy.

In Proceedings of 11th Eurographics Workshop on Rendering. Held in Brno, Czech Republic, June 2000.

This paper begins with the detailed facial motion data that was previously produced by Brian Guenter, Cindy Grimm, and others at MSR and combines it with my earlier BRDF measurement work, an improved version of my previous technique for texture map measurement, and a new method for building structured geometric models of faces. The result is a complete face model that is accurate enough to render realistic facial animation under any lighting conditions.


Rendering realistic faces and facial expressions requires good models for the reflectance of skin and the motion of the face. We describe a system for modeling, animating, and rendering a face using measured data for geometry, motion, and reflectance, which realistically reproduces the appearance of a particular person's face and facial expressions. Because we build a complete model that includes geometry and bidirectional reflectance, the face can be rendered under any illumination and viewing conditions. Our face modeling system creates structured face models with correspondences across different faces, which provide a foundation for a variety of facial animation operations.


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