THE SECRET TO SALAZAR’S SKIN
behind the digital make-up and hair for Captain salazar in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
1 On set, the actor wore tracking markers on his face, and a fair amount of prosthetic make-up pieces and cracking added by practical effects company Odd Studio. Sometimes Javier Bardem would even wear a blue screen patch.
2 Roto-mation of Bardem’s performance was the start of the process for MPC to then add in digital elements for scarring, skin pieces and for dealing with negative areas that would also require the compositing in of background areas.
3 MPC’S proprietary Furtility grooming system was used to make up fine and damaged hair strands and dreadlocks, which was then given the underwater simulation or hand-animated to suit. One of the bigger challenges was maintaining hair movement consistency across shots.