Whoa, that headline was a bit of sexual innuendo now wasn’t it? *Curious* Has a motion capture sex seen been done before? Anyway, Mr. Serkis will not only be reprising his role as Gollum in The Hobbit, but he’s gonna direct some of it as well.
While Peter Jackson is still the head chief cake, he needs help with with other film units. See, a film of this scale requires more than one camera crew shooting different scenes at different times—the first unit shoots with the main characters, while the second unit can do anything from scenery to effects material to grisly action footage. For some apparent reason Andy Serkis (Hmm.. that’s odd, I have a sudden urge to go to the Circus) has become the films second-unit (haha..UNIT) director. Perhaps there is more precious play going on that meets the eye?
In all seriousness, Andy Serkis is the King Kong of motion capture, figurative and literally. I dunno how well that speaks to his experience and understanding of directing, but it most show for something as Jackson trusts him enough to be one of his lieutenants. Here’s what Serkis had to say when hearing the news himself:
“It is wide-ranging and encompasses a lot of directing aspects of filmmaking and story. Yes, there is some performance capture, but I will be very much on the live-action sets and locations helping Peter to tell the story.”
“Understand the material and work ethic”? OK, that makes sense. Serkis (fuck, I still want to go to the Circus. Quick, fetch me a clown. A happy one.) is as dedicated as they come. Being a part of all the LOTR films and being a frequent collaborator, he certainly has the the eye of the
tiger Sauron. Hire from within, I guess. Or, find reasons to keep your friends around. Serkis is apparently done shooting all his Gollum scenes.
via Heat Vision