Episode 375 – Deepfake Expert Chris Ume


Episode 375 – Deepfake Expert Chris Ume

Chris Ume is a visual effects expert with many years of experience in entertainment and corporate projects. In 2020, he began experimenting with deepfake technology, sourcing AI models from obscure Russian websites, and experimenting with new techniques. That led to a collaboration with an American actor known for Tom Cruise parody videos and Deep Tom Cruise was born.

Since then, Chris has worked on titles like South Park and Sassy JusticeFollowing the viral success of those deepfake videos and others, Ume co-founded Metaphysic.ai in 2021. The company recently closed a $7.5 million funding round.

In this Podcast, Allan McKay interviews VFX and Deepfake Expert Chris Ume about the process, challenges and the future applications of Deepfakes, his experience working on SOUTH PARK, as well as the ethics of this revolutionary technology.


Chris Ume on IG: https://www.instagram.com/vfxchrisume/?hl=en

Chris Ume on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vfxchrisume?lang=en

Chris Ume on Voicebot.ai: https://voicebot.ai/2022/01/27/virtual-tom-cruise-creator-metaphysic-rasies-7-5m-to-develeop-metaverse-virtual-beings/

Chris Ume on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm12021255/?mode=desktop&ref_=m_ft_dsk


EPISODE 375 – Deepfake Expert Chris Ume

Hi, everyone!

This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 375! I’m speaking to VFX Artist and Deepfake Expert Chris Ume who is responsible for the viral TikToks of DeepTomCruise. We talk about the process, challenges and the future applications of Deepfakes, his experience working on SOUTH PARK and SASSY JUSTICE, as well as the ethics of this revolutionary technology. 

We talk about a lot of great topics:

  • Growing up a Creative
  • Getting Traction with His Brand
  • His Content Going Viral
  • Founding His Own Company
  • Raising Awareness About Deepfake – and Exposure Through America’s Got Talent
  • His Experience Working on South Park
  • Challenges of Working with Deepfakes
  • Conquering the Uncanny Valley
  • Future Usages of the Deepfake Technology
  • As Well As the Ethics of Using Deepfakes

Let’s dive in!



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Okay, what did you think? I want to thank Chris for coming on the Podcast. I definitely learned a lot.

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Next week, I’m doing a solo Episode deconstructing my interview with Tim Miller, Director of Deadpool and Co-Founder of Blur Studios. It’s more of my perspective of what I got from my interview with Tim. 

I’ll be back next week! Until then –

Rock on!


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