Andy Serkis

  • Aired:  12/05/12
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Andy Serkis explains the difference between motion and performance capture and does his "impersonation" of Gollum. (6:32)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN ACTOR WHO DOES MUCH OF HIS

WORK IN A PERFORMANCE CAPTURE SUIT, EXCEPT CASUALED FROM WHEN HE WEARS HIS CAPTURE SHORTEDS

PLEASE WELCOME CAPTAIN CIRCUS.

>> YOU SHALL PASS!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ♪ ♪ ♪

>> Stephen: WOW, WOW.

IS THIS REALLY YOU?

OR IS IT YOU DOING A DAZZLING PERFORMANCE OF YOURSELF?

>> I'M NOT HERE.

I'M A DIGITAL INCARNATION OF A GUY BACK AT HOME IN LONDON.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

THE TECHNOLOGY IS INCREDIBLE.

>> IT'S AMAZING.

>> Stephen: THE 3D POPS.

>> AT 48 FRAMES A SECOND, NO LESS.

>> Stephen: PEOPLE HAVEN'T SEEN THAT YET.

I HAVE SEEN THAT.

IT'S AMAZING.

IT'S-- YOU'RE SO IN THE WORLD, IT'S LIKE YOU'RE WATCHING THE MOVIE THROUGH A WINDOW.

YOU'RE A WITNESS TO THE MOVIE IN SOME WAYS.

>> YOU'RE ALMOST BACK OUT THE OTHER SIDE AND WATCHING IT FROM THE BACK.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT MOVIES TO KNOW WHAT THE ( BLEEP ) YOU JUST SAID.

BUT I TRUST YOU.

YOU'RE THE GENIUS.

YOU'RE THE GODFATHER OF.

>> .

>> SOUL?

>> Stephen: YOU COULD PROBABLY PLAY JAMES BROWN.

YOU'RE THE PREMIERE PERFORMANCE CAPTURE ARTIST.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERFORMANCE CAPTURE AND MOTION CAPTURE?

>> PERFORMANCE CAPTURE IS THE LATER ITERATION IF YOU LIKE.

YOU MAY USE THAT WORD.

MOTION CAPTURE IS BASICALLY WHAT YOU USED BACK IN THE DAY WITH VIDEO GAMES WHERE YOU HAVE A

MARTIAL ARTIST.

>> Stephen: PING-PONG BECAUSES.

>> PERFORMANCE CAPTURE IS BASICALLY CAPTURING THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE IN ONE HIT.

WE CAN BE DOING A SCENE HEREBY THE LIVE ACTION CAMERA IS FILMING YOU, AND A HEAD-MOUNTED

CAMERA CAPTURES THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE IN ONE HIT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO BACK AND REPEAT ANYTHING.

IT'S JUST ANOTHER WAY OF RECORDING AN ACTOR'S PERFORMANCE.

>> Stephen: WHEN WE WERE IN NEW ZEALAND LAST YEAR ON SET FOR THE HOBIT, I WENT OVER--

MR. JACKSON SHOWED ME A LITTLE CUT OF THE FILM AND WE HAVE A CLIP TO SHOW THE AUDIENCE.

IT'S PART OF THE RIDDLE THEME.

I SAW THIS WITH JUST YOU.

AND THEN I SAW IT, AND IT'S ALL YOU.

I SAW--

>> IT IS NOT ALL ME.

>> Stephen: IT IS, IT'S ALL YOU.

IT'S EXTRAORDINARY.

JIM, SHOW HIM WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

>> WHAT IS IT?

MY NAME IS BILLBO BAGINS.

>> WHAT IS THAT?

>> I'M A HOBIT.

>> OH!

WE LIKE HOBITS.

SO SOFT.

IS IT JUICY?

>> NOW, NOW-- I'LL DO THIS IF I HAVE TO.

I DON'T WANT ANY TROUBLE.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

JUST SHOW ME THE WAY TO GET OUT OF HERE, AND I'LL BE ON MY WAY.

I WANT TO GET UNLOCKED AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.

>> SHUT UP!

>> I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING.

>> I WASN'T TALKING TO YOU.

( LAUGHTER ).

( APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: MAYBE-- MAYBE A BETTER GOLLUM THAN "LORD OF THE RINGS."

>> HE'S A LOT HOTTER BASICALLY THIS TIME AROUND.

>> Stephen: HE'S YOUNGER.

>> HE'S 60 YEARS YOUNGER AND LOOKS --

>> Stephen: HOW OLD IS HE?

>> 540.

>> Stephen: YOU CAN REALLY SEE IT AROUND THE EYES.

( LAUGHTER ).

WAS IT-- WAS IT HARD TO DO GOLLUM AGAIN?

HOW LONG BETWEEN PERFORMANCES WAS IT?

>> WE STARTED SHOOTING "LORD OF THE RINGS" IN 1999, FINISHED IN 2003.

IT'S A GOOD NINE, 10 YEARS-- 10 YEARS.

WELL, WHAT WAS WEIRD ABOUT IT, COMING BACK TO YOU IT, THERE HAD BEEN SO MANY IMPERSONATIONS FOR GOLLUM.

ON A DAILY BASIS PEOPLE COME UP AND DO THEIR GOLLUM FOR ME.

I HAVE ONE.

>> Stephen: I'M GOLLUM, SEE.

I RUN THIS TOWN.

STICK 'EM UP.

>> CAN I GIVE YOU A FEW TIPS?

>> Stephen: SURE.

>> FIRST OF ALL, YOU HAVE TO DO THIS.

JUST IMAGINE, JUST IMAGINE THAT YOU'RE COUGHING UP A FUR BALL.

YOU'RE A CAT COUGHING UP A FUR BALL, OKAY?

YEAH.

OKAY.

NOW YOU'VE GOT TO TRAP YOUR VOICE WHILE YOU'RE DOING THAT.

YUP.

AND NOW SAY GOLLUM.

( APPLAUSE ).

( CHEERS )

>> Stephen: I SOUND A LITTLE BIT LIKE DONALD DUCK.

OKAY, SO HOW DO YOU GET TBAK INTO IT?

DID YOU ACTUALLY GO WATCH YOURSELF AS GOLLUM TO BE GOLLUM?

>> NO, NO.

I DIDN'T DO THAT.

I DON'T LIKE WATCHING MYSELF.

BUT ACTUALLY, WHAT WAS GREAT WAS MARTIN FREEMAN.

IT WAS THE FIRST THING SHOT ON THE MOVIE.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> THAT SCENE WAS THE VERY, VERY FIRST SCENE SHOT IN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

WE DID IT ALL IN ONE HIT.

IT WAS LIKE A THEATER PIECE, REALLY.

>> Stephen: REALLY, LIKE MULTIPLE CAMERAS?

>> BASICALLY OVER THE COURSE OF THE WEEK WE DID THAT SCENE ALL THE WAY THROUGH, ALL THE WAY

THROUGH, AND MAY OR MAY NOT WAS FINDING HIS WAY --

>> Stephen: THAT'S THE VERY FIRST THING HE DID AS THE CHARACTER.

>> WE JUST PLAYED OFF EACH GLURG WERE LIKE HIS GUY.

>> EXACTLY, EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: HOW LONG-- BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU WERE CAESAR IN "RISE OF THE PLANET OF

THE APES." YOU WERE KING KONG.

HOW LONG BEFORE YOU ARE JUST EVERYBODY IN A MOVIE?

( LAUGHTER ) LIKE BOTH SIDES OF A LOVE INTEREST AND WE JUST WATCH YOU MAKE LOVE TO YOURSELF.

>> THAT PLAN.

THAT IS THE PLAN.

I'M ACTUALLY WORKING TOWARDS THAT.

THAT'S SOMETHING I REALLY, REALLY WANT TO DO.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME, ANDY.

ANDY CIRCUS, THE

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