Debunking efforts can backfire because of:
Prepare training data for your first deepfakes clip. Two sets of ~400 images, one for each face. The faces should be isolated and any “bad” images (blurry, cropped incorrectly, anything obstructing the face) should be removed from the set. Use youtube-dl, ffmpeg, autocrop, and face_recognition tools.
Note: this is the overall tutorial we plan to follow to make our videos.
I'd like to try working with a clip from the first episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! where Will Forte plays a airline pilot who landed a plane in a mall parking lot because he was stalking his ex-girlfriend:
I'd like to swap Will's face for Elon Musk's. For the latter, I can get plenty of training images from this recent podcast interview Musk did on the Joe Rogan Experience:
Here's a glimpse at my initial set of training images (I'll probably need to do some color correction and other tweaks):