Sorted Solution is working with Special Effects Supervisor of Welcome to Chechnya and creator of the Digital Vail software Ryan Laney to make this new technology available to documentary filmmakers.
From Academy Award-nominated director David France comes Welcome to Chechnya, a powerful and eye-opening HBO documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya.
Further complicating the production of the film was the need to protect the identities of interviewees. Director France wanted to put a real human face on the story, so conventional techniques of disguising one’s appearance, such as blurring their faces, filming them in darkness or hiring actors to stage re-enactments were not enough. Eventually he opted for advanced facial replacement techniques using Artificial Intelligence and novel visual effects technology, so the viewer could see real faces displaying real emotions, while still protecting the identities of the speakers. The approach is a “game changer in identity protection,” according to Documentary Magazine, and a brand new tool for documentary filmmakers.