Famous for his motion-capture acting as Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Andy Serkis is making his directorial debut late in 2014 with an adaptation of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”
Motion-capture technology has really advanced since Serkis first seethed “precioussss” from a CGI rock. Current advanced technology allows for capturing facial expression in great detail. Speaking at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (CIS) in Dubai, Serkis said:
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.
So, human actors realistically acting like pigs will be motion-captured in the most realistic way possible so that these realistic pigs may deliver the metaphor of farm animal society as a critique of Stalinism and personality cults and legal abuses that manifest within human attempts at communism. Alright then.
Not all the funding is in place at the moment, so the budget is *just* $50 million. Serkis calls that “independent film.”