Monday, 13 September 2021

There Are Two Creatures On Earth,

that totally fascinate me,

one thought to be extinct and one that is actually extinct, the first is the coelacanth, thought to be extinct for 65 million years until they were rediscovered in 1938, the second and the point of this post is the now extinct thylacine, or Tasmanian tigerBenjamin was the last thylacine, in captivity and as far as is know, the last thylacine in existence. He died in 1936, and the species has been considered extinct since then. Now all that's left are some lifeless anatomical specimens and a few photos and film footage, but now the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) of Australia commissioned a restoration of the film with added colour, the NFSA created a 4K scan of the original 33-mm negative of a 77-second video, shot by naturalist David Fleay in 1933. This was then sent to Composite Films in Paris, where Samuel François-Steininger and his team recreated the creature’s colour in painstaking detail, “Because of the resolution and quality of the picture, there were a lot of details – the fur was dense and a lot of hair had to be detailed and animated,” says François-Steininger. “From a technological point of view, we did everything digitally – combining digital restoration, rotoscoping and 2D animation, lighting, AI algorithms for the movement and the noise, compositing and digital grading. More than 200 hours of work were needed to achieve this result.” whenever I think of or watch anything to do with Jurassic Park, I always wish scientists somewhere could bring back Benjamin and the rest of his family.

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