Monday, January 16, 2012

January 16 News

Serkis implies Smaug design still in-progress

Speaking with MTV at the Golden Globes the other night, Andy Serkis played typically coy about the appearance of Smaug in the forthcoming films. “I can’t give any secrets away, none of those trade secrets,” Serkis said. “I can’t say that because actually it’s still under wraps.” However, he did seem to imply that they’re still refining how it will look in the films. Ta to Irfon for the heads-up.

Andy Serkis talks performance capture, including The Hobbit

Animation/special effects expert Bill Desowitz has posted an interview with Andy Serkis on Indiewire. In it Serkis talks about new performance-capture techniques that have been developed by Weta since he played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. One paragraph describes his scene with Bilbo in The Hobbit:
Indeed, that’s what happened when Serkis revisited Gollum after a 12-year absence for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (December 14). Shooting live on set provided a more dynamic sense of play in his scene with the young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). “The way we approached the scene was very much to treat it like a chamber-theater piece, where we could experiment and try different things out,” Serkis explained. “Of course, the other significant change now is that we’re using facial capture, so my facial muscles are driving the facial muscles of the digital puppet.”

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