The voice of Bill Nighy, thanks to Computer Generated Imagery, will star in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest coming to a cinema near you on July 7th, 2006.

Bill Nighy, acclaimed British actor, has given us cause to talk about CGI, that is computer generated imagery. The character Davy Jones, half squid, is far from recognizable regarding his former human state, but still acquires an authentic and ghastly persona, thanks to Bill Nighy’s voice acting. For those of us who aren’t scholars on the subject, here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Computer Generated Imagery:


Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects. CGI is used in movies, television programs and commercials, and in printed media. Video games most often use real-time computer graphics (rarely referred to as CGI), but may also include pre-rendered “cut scenes” and intro movies that would be typical CGI applications. These are referred to as FMV.


CGI is used for visual effects because the quality is higher and effects are more controllable than other more physically based processes, such as constructing miniatures for effects shots or hiring extras for crowd scenes, and because it allows the creation of images that would not be feasible using any other technology. It can also allow a single artist to produce content without the use of actors, expensive set pieces, or props.
Recent accessibility of CGI software and increased computer speeds has allowed individual artists and small companies to produce professional grade films, games, and fine art from their home computers. This has brought about an Internet subculture with its own set of global celebrities, and technical vocabulary.


Many movies incorporate CGI (computer generated imagery), including Jurassic Park, Toy Story, and the special effects in Forrest Gump.
CGI is quite the field, full of opportunity for voice actors. Have you ever been the voice of a computer generated image?

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Hi Stephanie-
    I was wondering if you knew any of the specifics of Davey Jones’ special effects, how it was done exactly. Thanks!

  2. you know that bill nighy not only gave his voice right? you know that he performed on the set with the other actors.. right?


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