I have just stumbled upon the website of the CG society. The have lots of nice eye candy on their site but I was particularly interested in their article on the CG effects from the Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Mans Chest movie.
Spolier Alert! Don’t take the jump if you don’t want to see characters from the movie
As I had already mentioned after seeing the film, the CG was excellent. They are really perfecting it so that you can’t tell what is and isn’t CG. Historically CG has always looked way too clean in my opinion. In Pirates, it looks dark and dirty. Perhaps this is part how it has charmed audiences around the world, in-spite (or because of?) critics reviews.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest holds records for biggest opening day, biggest opening weekend, fastest to $100 million, fastest to $200 million, fastest to $300 million
– Davy Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Mans Chest)
Well here he is the man himself. The article has some more information on how they created the CG from the actors raw footage.