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Andy Serkis: The godfather of motion captureWe sit down with "War for the Planet of the Apes"' Andy Serkis to talk about how technology has evolved to bring us his amazing motion-capture performances.
[MUSIC] [SOUND] All right guys I'm here in Vancouver on five acre set. You can see behind me, this is their prison set, really combining practical set design with CEG. Backgrounds filling this whole world for War for the Planet of the Apes. We know people have called you really the godfather of motion capture, how have you really seen the technology evolve? It's just such a brilliant technology and I've embraced it and, of course now I have my own studio and own company so I can understand that. I suppose I've spent. The last 15 years working on characters using this technology, So I actively have brought that on myself, I mean, I want to push the boundaries. Over 15 years ago when Serkis was working on Lord of the Rings. They weren't able to shoot on live action sets, they were just limited to a CG environment that was basically a giant green screen room Today every aspect of the technology has evolved to capture everything as it happens. The big jumps have been really over the last 15 years have been from motion-capture being in a volume CG environment to shooting on set and also facial capture. And the way that these head-mounted cameras are incredibly subtle and pick up every single movement. All these marks on my face are Basically assigned to muscle groups which are then assigned to the muscle groups of the digital masks. He has no one else. Alongside of that actually is a growing understanding, and a growing perception of performance capture, and the animators who then take this data and interpolate the performance, and watch what the actors are doing. And particularly WETA, who have vast experience in this now They have a great kind of army of people who can then take what we do on set and interpret it and put it onto the character that you're playing. All dead now a long time. Long time Bad humans. Serkis has defined and continues to elevate motion capture performances. And after all these years, he still experiences those moments of wow. For instance, I think directing The Jungle Book and creating characters which are not humanoid. You know, Christian Bale playing a panther for instance, you know, that's a whole new level of performance capture. And that's really becoming very interesting and exciting. So yeah, when I see those things coming to life, it's It's incredibly thrilling. So there you have it. For cnet.com, I'm Brian [UNKNOWN] for War of the Planet of the Apes. [MUSIC]