The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is back for its fifth outing under the title of ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’. The latest instalment sees the return of series favourites Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow), Geoffrey Rush (Captain Barbossa), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner) and Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), and the addition of some new faces, including Javier Bardem (Captain Salazar), Brenton Thwaites (Henry Turner), Kaya Scodelario (Carina Smyth) and Sir Paul McCartney as Uncle Jack.
Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is directed by Norwegian directing team Joaquin Rønning and Espen Sandberg, whose previous film ‘Kon-Tiki’ was nominated for a foreign language Oscar. The story sees a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack thrust into a new adventure when a crew of ghost sailors, led by the evil Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle.
Prime Focus World was brought in to provide stereo conversion services for the show, delivering approximately 30 minutes of the film. PFW Senior Stereo Supervisor Barry O’Brien and Stereo Producer Richard Edwards worked with Disney’s Stereoscopic Supervisor Jared Sandrew to deliver PFW’s contribution to the show.
“’Dead Men Tell No Tales’ was designed with stereo in mind,” said Jared Sandrew, Disney’s Stereoscopic Supervisor. “From the lens choices, oblique angles, sweeping camera moves, and the detail provided on set by the art department, we needed to insure that we could present the film at the extremely high quality Disney's audiences have come to expect. Prime Focus exceeded that standard while taking on some of the hardest and longest shots in the 11th hour.”
“This was my first opportunity to work with Jared as a client supervisor, and it was a great collaborative experience,” said Barry O’Brien, PFW Senior Stereo Supervisor. “This show was notable for the amount of challenging clean-up required, and it was good to work so closely with Jared to find the best approach together.”
Many of the shots awarded to PFW were very complex shots, involving big camera moves around the ship, through multiple layers of ropes and objects and characters. The nature of these shots meant that the work was very paint-intensive, with the PFW artists clean-plating characters, fly-away hair, billowing costumes and lots and lots of ropes.
“There are some really nice camera moves in the show,” continued Barry. “Although the shots were difficult to clean up, they were very satisfying to view in stereo once completed. You really appreciate the movement and the parallax in stereo.”
One of the most challenging shots that PFW was awarded was a big camera move pushing in towards Captain Salazar through a number of cannons firing in the foreground.
“This was a particularly challenging shot,” explained Barry. “There was a lot of live action smoke from the cannons, and the only VFX elements available were for the sky. We clean-plated the characters and then augmented the smoke with our own simulations, matching the dynamics of the CG smoke to those of the live-action smoke in the scene. This allowed us to create depth in the smoke as the camera moves through it, which would have been impossible to do with the live-action smoke alone.”
“We were brought on-board quite late for this show, which gave us very little time to get up to speed,” concluded Richard Edwards, Stereo Producer, Prime Focus World. “We quickly constructed a delivery pipeline to the client’s specification, and called on our artists in London, Vancouver and India to deliver the work to the exacting level of quality that Jared was looking for. It’s a perfect example of how our global team can pull together to deliver fantastic work to a demanding timescale.”
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is released by Walt Disney Pictures on Friday 26 May in the US and UK.
RELEASE: May 26, 2017 (US & UK)
Directors: Joaquin Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Studios / Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures
Disney Stereoscopic Supervisor: Jared Sandrew
Stereo Supervisor: Barry O'Brien
Stereo Producer: Richard Edwards
Production Coordinators: Carolina Karlson, Nicole Karlson, Vineet Malhotra
Editorial: Janak Griffin-Rai
Lead Artists: Vishal Patel, Naresh Rawat
Systems / Data Support: Esriq Hidil, Dhruv Uppal
Pipeline: Eoin Greenham, Laszlo Rikker
Stereo Supervisor: Jimmy Philip
Production Manager: Cassius Vaz
Stereo Global Resource Producer: Monika Hada
Production Coordinators: Stephanie Chan, Tylor Maurer
Stereo Editorial Supervisor: Richard Pring
Stereo Editor: Wes Walcott
Pipeline: Charlie Luce, Isaac Guenard, Luke Grey, Robin Emerson, Piyush Jain
Data Support: Vince Stewart, Gregory Koutrakos, Danny Lu, Jahan Zeb, Lucas Baker
Head of View-D: Rohan Desai
Executive Producer, View-D: Gaurav Jain
View-D Producer: Gufran Khan
View-D Project Coordinator: Gauree Patil
Show Supervisor: Dhiraj Sukheja
View-D Creative Supervisors: Deepali Shivaji Katekar, Dixa Hemant Desai, Gourav Gupta, Manu Jain, Salil Dattaram Devji, Omkar Rahate, Rakhee Ghosh, Rohan Tirkey, Varion Pereira, Vinay Das
View-D Production Team: Abhishek Pathak, Akash Mangavkar, Digvijit KaulIsha Bhatt, Joginder Singh, Manas Manohar, Mayur Bandrekar, John Kennedy, Kevin Dsouza, Lohit Shetty, Nitin Bahl, Parminder Goyal, Sparsh Mehra, Sainath Shinde, Seerat Bawa, Savio Nelson Cruz