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  • Rising Sun Pictures was brought on board Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to create Blackbeard’s flaming, smoking beard. Legend speaks of Blackbeard twining fuse wire into his beard to light cannons in battle and that is this idea that Director Rob Marshall wanted to portray when the famous pirate was introduced. RSP was provided with stereoscopic plates and presented a number of conceptual frames to Visual Effects Supervisor Charlie Gibson ranging from over-the-top sparks to more subtle treatments of glows and smoke. The final look that was selected is ephemeral, so as to not overpower Blackbeard’s performance. It was created in Houdini with a combination of glowing embers and smoke passes that were simulated for each shot.

    Rising Sun Pictures was brought on board Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to create Blackbeard’s flaming, smoking beard. Legend speaks of Blackbeard twining fuse wire into his beard to light cannons in battle and that is this idea that Director Rob Marshall wanted to portray when the famous pirate was introduced. RSP was provided with stereoscopic plates and presented a number of conceptual frames to Visual Effects Supervisor Charlie Gibson ranging from over-the-top sparks to more subtle treatments of glows and smoke. The final look that was selected is ephemeral, so as to not overpower Blackbeard’s performance. It was created in Houdini with a combination of glowing embers and smoke passes that were simulated for each shot.

    Credits & Crew
    Director:
    Rob Marshall
    VFX Producer:
    David Conley
    VFX Supervisor:
    Charlie Gibson
    Rising Sun Pictures:
    Alex Meddick Ben Dickson Bodie Clare Gabe Roccisano Ian Cope Kerry Drumm Kevin Campbell Nick Pill Paul Kirwan Paul Taylor Sam Hancock Simon Herden Stephan Ramstedt Susan Immonen Tamara Mitchell Tim Crosbie Tony Clark
    Director:
    Rob Marshall
    VFX Producer:
    David Conley
    VFX Supervisor:
    Charlie Gibson
    Rising Sun Pictures:
    Alex Meddick Ben Dickson Bodie Clare Gabe Roccisano Ian Cope Kerry Drumm Kevin Campbell Nick Pill Paul Kirwan Paul Taylor Sam Hancock Simon Herden Stephan Ramstedt Susan Immonen Tamara Mitchell Tim Crosbie Tony Clark

    At the last peak in production over 65 nationalities were represented at RSP.
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    Level 1, 180 Pulteney Street Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia

    +61 8 8400 6400 vfxinfo@rsp.com.au

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