Thursday, December 22, 2005

An Interview with Kong

Andy Serkis, the actor behind Gollum of the Lord of the Rings and recently King Kong has become an expert in digitally transcribed acting. He gave an interview to AP recently in which he talked about both his characters. From CNN:
Q: Aside from the motion capture, were your facial expressions transferred as well?

SERKIS: Absolutely. ... The main difference between Gollum and Kong was that with Gollum, my performance was done on 35-millimeter and the animators copied my facial expressions. But with this, we used facial motion capture, which was wearing 132 dots all over my face. The animators had to do work on the lower mouth area because the muzzle of a gorilla is slightly more immobile than a human mouth. But in terms of the expression and the transferring of emotion through facial features, all of the acting is transferred, particularly through the eyes, onto this (computer-generated) puppet.
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