Andy as Caesar
Oscar night is just days away and though Andy Serkis is not up for an award for his performances in War for the Planet of the Apes, he ought to be, but Motion Capture Performances are still being awarded to the effect company and not the actors.
“Performance capture is a technology, not a genre; it’s just another way of recording an actor’s performance.” ~ Any Serkis
As you can see below Andy Serkis worked as a performance capture actor on two out of the five nominated films for best visual effects.
One can’t help but ask when will an actor draped in digital makeup finally receive their due as actors and not simply as puppets for visual effects animators. If anyone can do it, it could certainly be Andy Serkis, who by his force of will has transformed what it means to act through motion capture. He only needs the right performance to break through this barrier.
2018 Academy Award Oscar Nominations for Best Visual Effects…
Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist
Take a look at this Wired featurette where Andy Serkis takes us through the evolution of Performance Capture.