Some of Obi-Wan Kenobis voice actors had an online presence, but Lucasfilm will not specify who was there

Some of Obi-Wan Kenobis voice actors had an online presence, but Lucasfilm will not specify who was  ...

It''s a good idea you''ve ever watched a Star Wars show on Disney Plus, so whether you realize it or not. The Ukrainian company''s AI-powered voice cloning platform provided Mark Hamills with an as-yet-unidentified character in Obi-Wan Kenobi. For the time being, Lucasfilm has asked Respeecher to keep the name of that character a secret, and with so many franchise veterans returning for the series, there''s certainly no shortage of potential candidates

Polygon presented a digital copy of a particular voice to Respeecher CEO Alex Serdiuk, explaining how it would be possible for some projects to be resurrected.

Far from the psychological sensation conjured up by terms like artificial intelligence and voice cloning that of a sound engineer who enters dialogue through a computer algorithm, Respeechers work on Star Wars is surprisingly performance driven. While Darth Vader himself might be more machine now than man, if the Ukrainian company is supplying his voice (and remember, we said if) the character''s essence is still quite flesh and blood.

There is no artificial intelligence available, but I believe it would exist, so that we may make it on a turnkey basis. [] We need another human voice to make everything we desire to make, namely, because that human voice gives all of the inflections, the accent, the speech style, and the pace that AI isn''t good at developing, according to Serdiuk. [] It takes all of the performance, all of the acting from what we call a source voice, and then we do the conversion

More importantly, the Respeechers pipeline allows actors like Hamill to record different takes just like they would on an actual set, which the company''s experts may later adjust at their end based on observations from showrunners like Jon Favreau or Deborah Chow.

We''d need to convert all those [in to the younger voice], or send different versions, depending on whether or not the studio works. Can you try to make [a line reading] sound a bit more like they ask? And we''d try to make it a bit more like they ask.

So, is the ultimate aim to recreate a traditional performance in The Mandalorianor The Book of Boba Fett, as if Hamills lines were somehow copied from the set of 1983s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi? The objective is to make it sound like it was recorded yesterday in the studio by the target voice themselves, according to Serdiuk.

Even if viewers are unaware why, the voice that was made of Respeechers in The Book of Boba Fett sounds way, more easily than in The Mandalorian. Serdiuk acknowledges that the Hamills de-aged voice is similar to that used in The Book of Boba Fett, as well as improving how Respeechers'' AI model was improved to emulate the actors'' vocals. Despite the fact that many fans expressed concern about the visual effects used to portray Luke Skywalker in the finale,

According to Serdiuk, Hamills'' convincing de-aged vocals from Lucasfilm were much more impressive due to the quality of the legacy assets Respeecher received. Usually, tapes are old, and some old ADR recording, something from a video game, and the thing is it can be difficult for these people to develop the output quality they desire in a modern production. In many projects that involve aging or resurrecting [performers voices], this might be the biggest obstacle.

The CEO of Respeecher claims that his success has been successful given that now that industry professionals like Lucasfilm have embraced the work they do. [We] started with the idea of constructing a synthetic speech on the level where it would go through sound engineers and Hollywood studios and land in large productions. So, when they accept our sound, when they say something good about the sound we were capable of producing, and that is a very complex and complex technical challenge, it really encourages us and aids us in achieving it

Serdiuk said that the increasing use of voice cloning technology might mean that studios would no longer employ skilled soundalikes to stand-in for deceased actors. For example, wouldnt Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in which Guy Henry imitated the late Grand Moff Tarkin as the kind of project that would automatically land on Respeechers desk now? Not necessarily, according to Serdiuk, who sees Respeechers voice cloning technology as one of several viable options

The concept of different actors in the entertainment industry is always different, and the viewers have different opinions about what they should do. I wouldnt say that [Respeecher] is very effective to be in charge or judge [which approach is best, according to Serdiuk.) As a result, the company would only do so with the approval of the actors estate. The fact that Lucasfilm is a repeat customer suggests that the company has made significant in-roads for voice cloning technology.

Serdiuk says the company has already established a vision for the future of Respeechers, which extends beyond de-aging actors'' voices. He also believes that the decision to reduce filmmakers'' creative horizons and not shrink them will be huge. He talks about democratizing the technology so that smaller film and TV studios and video game developers may cut costs more quickly. Even if the company is collaborating with a voice actor who has lost their voice to enable them to perform again, Serdiuk says

Serdiuk has lost sight of what it takes for Respeecher to be a member of a certain space opera set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It''s something special. From the start of the story, they have been disrupting the industry, from a technical perspective, and the way they do their films is exceptional. So, it''s a huge pleasure to be able to collaborate with those people and to learn from them.