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    Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06


    Bill Nighy acts the part of the evil Davy Jones on the set, wearing a motion capture suit with reference marks on his face and body. Later, a CGI face takes shape, before visual effects and creature specialists work out the finished product.

    By Mike Snider, USA TODAY

    The visual-effects team on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has pulled one over on moviegoing landlubbers.

    Other special-effects wizards have complimented visual-effects supervisor John Knoll on how well his team at Industrial Light & Magic mixed computer-generated effects and real-world prosthetics to create villain Davy Jones and the crew of his Flying Dutchmen.

    But they are all wet. In reality, Jones and his 18-member crew were entirely computer-generated, except for Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgård), the father of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).

    "We are all really pleased," Knoll says. "It is real enough (that) there is confusion at what they are looking at, even from professionals in the field."

    That bodes well for Knoll, whose crew on the first Pirates earned an Oscar nomination for visual effects. (He and his team lost to The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.)

    Initially, Knoll had to convince returning director Gore Verbinski that a computer-generated Davy Jones was see-worthy.

    "He had some very serious concerns whether (a computer-generated image of Jones) would hold up well in close-ups. He wanted to consider using Bill's real eyes, in close-ups, at least," Knoll says.
    But after seeing early CGI footage, Verbinski was convinced that the effects crew could pull it off.

    "The character you see on screen is completely computer-generated, but it is definitely Bill performing," Knoll says. "His voice and definitely the motion comes from him."

    Nighy wore a dark gray motion-capture suit with dozens of reference marks on his face and body. ILM refined the motion-capture system so that only two cameras were needed, compared with up to 16 in the past.
    Artist Mark "Crash" McCreery (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Van Helsing) came up with the barnacle-clad concept for the crew with Verbinski's help.

    Because Jones and the Dutchmen live underwater, they have literally become "of the sea."

    With an octopus-tentacled beard, crab claw on his left hand and crab leg on his right leg, Davy Jones is "almost like a Blackbeard," McCreery says. "We knew when we found him. He looks like the captain of the ship of this cursed crew."

    The effects team had to be careful not to leave viewers too green around the gills with their creations.

    "We definitely talked of a grossness factor, but usually it was a good thing," Knoll says. "The 14-year-old boy in all of us was looking at all this stuff and saying, 'How cool is that to have a fish embedded in his leg?' "

    Davy Jones' character pays homage to the 1954 Disney classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

    At one point, Jones plays an organ à la Captain Nemo. The tentacles play, too — each one has 16 virtual joint "motors" so they move realistically. And Jones' pet, the Kraken, recalls the squid that attacks the Nautilus.

    Spoiler

    Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow appears to be a Kraken snack at the film's end. But never fear. "Captain Jack is a beloved character, and he's very important to these movies," Knoll says. "He's definitely back for (film No.) 3."
    Posted 7/16/2006 9:40 PM ET
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    Question Re: Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06

    thanks for the new but i don't get how Captain Barbosa came back to life?

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    Re: Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06

    we'll tell you next May....
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    Re: Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06

    Kraken snack! I like that... I think it may give Disney ideas for a new breakfast cereal or snack food...

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    Re: Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06

    I was wonder how they did Davey Jones.


    Thanks for the post!


    Also Kracken Snacks would rock! almost captain crunch sort of creal.
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    Re: Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06

    I love it! Kracken Snacks would make an awesome cereal.

    But anyways... the CGI on davy jones is absolutley wonderfull. I don't think people realise it's CGI, most people in the theaters think it's a costume.

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    Re: Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06

    Thanks ALIASd! that's really really kewl how they do that. : ) lol
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    Re: Designing Davy Jones - USA TODAY 7/17/06

    I think it's neat how they can make it look so creepy and cool at the same time. My mom and grandma really thought Davey Jones was a guy who had sat almost an entire day in make-up to look like that. My grandma called me a liar when I told her that it wasn't a real person in costume on the screen, even when I showed her this, she still won't believe me. She doesn't think it's possible.
    My mom said something about the kracken and 20,000 leagues under the sea after we saw the movie, but I haven't had a chance to see that movie as of yet.
    Kracken Snacks..great breakfast cereal name, gotta admit.
    For mashmellows, it could have the chest, the locket, a crab claw, the key to the chest and the Flying Dutchman
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