RESURRECTING EARLY MAN
The process behind the most accurate recreation of a neanderthal to date
“The director of Neanderthal: Meet Your Ancestors came to us and said ‘I need to see neanderthals doing all of this stuff and I don’t want it to look like a documentary’,” explains Tom Brass, creative director. “He had the faith to let us put together a complete visual pitch for it. We made the most realistic and emotive reconstruction of a neanderthal that has ever been seen.”
Recounting the creative process he says, “We were given a scan of a real neanderthal skull, that then went to a forensic artist in Duncan of Jordanstone College up in Dundee and he did a full reconstruction of all of the musculature.” The team now had a scientifically accurate yet sterile neanderthal head, but they needed to inject some humanity.
Brass continues, “We scanned an actor who had this beautifully craggy skin. He pulled loads of expressions to get all the wrinkles. Then we used that texture on our model, giving it incredibly fine-grained detail. You can go down to each individual pore, it’s all there.”