Mermaid dream comes true thanks to Weta

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Double-amputee Nadya Vessey’s mermaid dream has come true thanks to Weta, the special-effects shop famous for its work on The Lord of the Rings:

The suit was made mostly of wetsuit fabric and plastic moulds, and was covered in a digitally printed sock. Mermaid-like scales were painted by hand.

Mr Taylor said not only did the tail have to be functional, it was important it looked realistic. “What became apparent was that she actually physically wanted to look like a mermaid.”

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