Computer Graphics World has an online exclusive on the fourth film of the highly successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise.
"It would be up to Gibson, VFX Producer David Conley and Ben Snow of Industrial Light & Magic to ultimately convert the blacksuited swimmers into terrifying mermaids. “Based on what ILM had done with Bill Nighy and Davy Jones in ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ and ‘At World’s End,’” notes Gibson, “we knew that we could create fully synthetic characters with great fidelity that matched the performances of live-action characters. The actresses who played the mermaids were tracked wearing either special suits or, in some cases, transfer tattoos when they couldn’t be wearing suits. These were then blended so that we had the best of both worlds.”"