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[Movies] Andy Serkis To Shoot Animal Farm In 2014
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.06.2013

In an interview with Screen Daily, Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) spoke about the adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm that he will star in. The film begins shooting in 2014. Here are highlights:

On how they're going to feature the animals: "What we're trying to do is fairly unique. It's going to be entirely performance captured, so rather than photographing real animals and showing them with talking mouths, it will all be generated by the interaction between the actors playing those roles…the physicality and facial expressions of all the animals will come directly from actors' performances. The design for those has to work in a particular way and it's a particular heightened design look we're going for. We also have to find a balancing aesthetic for the environment in which we situate the characters. We're experimenting shooting with live action plates but with a heightened design…it's not just shooting in a field."

On the status of the film: "We've started pre-vis which in the virtual world in many instances means you've already started shooting the film. Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year."

On the art of performance capture: "With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes we were able to take performance capture outside and this was a significant move forward because up until that point it was pretty much contained within a virtual space. When we were shooting Lord Of The Rings from 1999 to 2003, I would act out my scenes on the real locations and then I would go back to the studio and play them again – there was a disconnect. I was having to look at scenes that had been shot six months before."


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