Andy Serkis portrait

Andy Serkis as Gollum in Lord of the Rings

Early on in principal photography, Andy wore close-fitting headgear with holes cut out for his eyes and mouth.  The visual effects department eventually realised that it was making it difficult to read Andy's facial expressions, so the decision was made to make the headgear completely open-faced.

This three minute sequence. of Gollum/Smeagol fighting over the fate of the hobbits, was shot first on location, then motion-captured, and finally Andy's facial expressions were interpreted very closely using keyframe animation.

The Hobbit

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