Published On: Sat, Apr 5th, 2014

Andy Serkis talks ‘Animal Farm,’ ‘Jungle Book’ films, using motion capture

The Hobbit and Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis is an expert on the motion capture technology and spoke with Yahoo UK about the new couple of film projects and using tech.

Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis in "Hobbit" photo/Warner Bros

Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis in “Hobbit” photo/Warner Bros

“We’ve been developing Animal Farm for a year and a half. And that is a perfect use of performance capture because not only do you get the actors playing all the scenes together and of course what they are metaphorically,” Serkis says in the April 4 interview.

“They are human beings portrayed as animals, but also you see a transition say for instance, with the pigs you see them growing from being four legged to two legged animals. You know, a great use of performance capture. So we’ve been evolving that over the last year and a half. What we intend to do is fairly hot on the heels of The Jungle Book is to bring that into play.”

Serkis is famous for his role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now the new Hobbit films. He next returns as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and says these roles should be considered for performance awards.

“Actors are actors, and they are delivering performances. It’s just the method by which their performances are caught that’s different. How one has to think of it these days is that instead of putting on a costume and make-up and playing a role, the costume and make-up is being applied after the fact. It’s digital costume and make-up.”

Check out the full interview HERE

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 11th.

 The Hobbit: There And Back Again will open in theaters on December 17, 2014.

Andy Serkis as Caesar filming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Andy Serkis as Caesar filming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

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