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Special effects crew gives a mermaid her tail

Posted on: Thursday, 26 February 2009

Nadya Vessey lost her legs as a child and thought it would be cool to be a mermaid. Who wouldn’t?
clipped from www.stuff.co.nz
Ms Vessey’s mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail. She was astounded when they agreed.

Ms Vessey told a little boy: “I’m a little mermaid” when he asked what happened to her legs and the idea stuck.

Weta Workshop director Richard Taylor, more used to winning Oscars for visual effects from movies such as Lord of the Rings, was delighted to make it happen.

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.
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