I adore this movie but I adore the way it was made even more. They recorded the goddamn voices for the goddamn characters while doing a dress rehearsal on partially built sets!? Are you freakin’ kidding me? That is the best idea for dialogue recording I’ve ever heard. The results are absolutely spectacular. I would seriously watch an entire film of the actors doing their thing live action style, but the animators were so good they’ve made that mostly redundant.
Johnny says of the process, “It’s like being on Hee Haw or The Carol Burnett Show.” Best idea ever. Gore Verbinski has yet again proven why he’s sorely missed on the Pirates series and also why he should never go back.
Yeah, so I made a commercial for IWP to get people to send us questions. It took me a while to get right. I’m still not convinced it’s “finished” but… it’s airing. So who am I to judge? This is a technique that I first saw used in a documentary called The Kid Stays in The Picture. What you do is “cut out” the subjects in the photo and separate them from the background in photoshop. Then you fill in the background with the clone tool, import everything into After Effects and separate the layers on a 3D plane, blurring the background out to give field of depth. Finally you program the virtual camera to give you that feel of motion. I did the same effect to equally wild results for the F is for Film pilot which is, yes, still a thing. In fact, it’s very much a thing.