Andy Serkis, renowned for his motion capture performances, most notably in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, earned him the title of ‘Godfather of Motion Capture’. (Clark, 2016)
But just how much has he contributed to the art? How many films has Serkis aided with his expertise of lycra-suit-wearing displays?
The Two Towers (2002) – Gollum
Return of the King (2003) – Smeagol / Gollum
King Kong (2005) – Kong / Lumpy
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – Caesar
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) – Captain Haddock/ Sir Francis Haddock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Gollum
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Caesar
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – Supreme Leader Snoke
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) – Caesar
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – Supreme Leader Snoke
Jungle Book (2018) – Baloo
Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) – Supreme Leader Snoke
Untitled Third Tintin Film – Haddock (presumed)
Excluding the number of games he has lent his talents of performance capture to and assuming the films yet released will be, this is a substantial list. Not to mention several films that Imaginarium Studios has lined up (Serkis is a Co-Creator and public figure for the company).
If we take it as fact that all the films listed in the previous post indeed contain legitimate motion capture performances then a little over 10% of films since the year 2000 which incorporate the technology have included Serkis. Comparatively there have been few actors who have made such success from the art form.
What’s more impressive is the actual list of films present. All of which appear at first glance to be legitimate blockbusters. In the next entry to the blog I will be investigating the success of Motion Capture films since 2000 and how Serkis relates to which films.