Depp got a little help in becoming the Craziest Looking Man Alive from movie wizard Ken Ralston. The overall eye look was part wacky make-up and a pinch of special effects. And the eyes were almost going to be even bigger.
Ralston and Tim Burton decided early on to enlarge Depp's eyes to add to the mad look of the famous character. "Some of the early tests were extremely huge," Ralston told Popcorn Biz. "But if they were too big it became all about the eyes."
Eventually they decided on a smaller but very noticeable increase. "We liked the idea of making them slightly larger to add a slight tweak to the character." The tweak works.
Ralston says that the look was so natural that whenever he saw Depp's unaffected eyes "they looked insanely small."
"Alice" is truly a special effects masterpiece. And it was a major challenge for four-time Oscar winner Ralston, who was on set every day and finished the final effects about a week before public screenings. "I don't even know where to start," he says, when asked to name the effect he was proudest of. "The whole movie was so hard."