A YouTuber who’s gone viral for his incredibly realistic “Star Wars” deepfakes is taking his expertise from the internet into the actual “Star Wars” universe now that his online handiwork has landed him a job with Lucasfilm.
According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, the YouTuber known as Shamook recently returned to YouTube after a protracted absence, and explained why.
“As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilms a few months ago and haven’t had the time to work on any new YouTube content. Now I’ve settled into my job, uploads should start increasing again. They’ll still be slow, but hopefully not months apart. Enjoy!” he wrote.
Shamook went viral last year when he posted a side-by-side comparison of the final scene from the second season of “The Mandalorian”, which introduces a digitally de-aged Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.
While the de-aging effect has been criticized for resembling video game graphics, Shamook managed to upgrade the deepfake substantially, apparently garnering the attention of Lucasfilm, which offered him a job.
The studio confirmed the news.
“[Industrial Light and Magic is] always on the lookout for talented artists and have in fact hired the artist that goes by the online persona ‘Shamook,’” a representative for ILM said in a statement to EW.
“Over the past several years ILM has been investing in both machine learning and A.I. as a means to produce compelling visual effects work and it’s been terrific to see momentum building in this space as the technology advances,” the statement added.