Today at the 2006 Comic-Con International we had a chance to sit down with John Knoll, the visual effects supervisor behind this years biggest film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. During our discussion he offered a lot of information about the hotly anticipated Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
He went on to say that "Characters in Daveys crew... some of the guys who were not featured will be getting some close-ups." It also appears that now that they have done Davey Jones once, making him in this movie is going to be a lot easier. "We do not have to figure out the process anymore. Animating and lighting him... is no longer a time consuming process."
Knoll was then asked if Davey Jones could be improved. "I think we did a pretty good job."
Knoll said that that he looks at Pirates 3 as an opportunity. "Since these characters are in 3D, animated all the way through, we thought we could better the performance to something close to motion capture quality. The goal was to make it easier."
How about there being new characters in the third installment?
"I cannot say antyhing specific. The same imagination from the other films is still present." It had long been thought that mermaids might make an appearance in the new film. "No," Knoll laughed. "You will have to talk to the writers about that."
Knoll finished up talking about when we might see a trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
"You will probably see a teaser trailer closer to Thanksgiving and then a story oriented trailer in earlier Spring." Knoll offered.