Master make-up artist Rick Baker and Andy Serkis with the original 1933 
		King Kong miniature

Master make-up artist Rick Baker and Andy Serkis with the original 1933 King Kong miniature
 

Andy Serkis is "Kong".<br />
        The dots covering his face and body are used by video cameras to track 
		his body movement and facial expressions, which are then animated into 
		the movements and expressions of Kong.

Andy Serkis is "Kong".
The dots covering his face and body are used by video cameras to track his body movement and facial expressions, which are then animated into the movements and expressions of Kong.
 

        Press to enter the Weta motion capture stage

Press to enter the Weta motion capture stage
 

Andy and Philippa Boyens in L.A. after long hours of ADR (voice 
		recording) for Kong -- that's right, Andy also provided vocalizations 
		for Kong: roars, growls, moans, sighs, breaths etc.

Andy and Philippa Boyens in L.A. after long hours of ADR (voice recording) for Kong -- that's right, Andy also provided vocalizations for Kong: roars, growls, moans, sighs, breaths etc.
 

Andy Serkis, Naomi Watts and Peter Jackson on the set

Andy Serkis, Naomi Watts and Peter Jackson on the set
 

Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow

Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow
 

Andy Serkis as King Kong

Andy Serkis as King Kong
 

Kong

Kong
 

Andy Serkis in King Kong

Andy Serkis in King Kong
 

Ann and Kong

Ann and Kong
 

Andy and Ann

Andy and Ann
 

Ann Darrow and King Kong

Ann Darrow and King Kong
 

Andy Serkis and Ann doll

Andy Serkis and Ann doll
 

Kong and Ann

Kong and Ann
 

First day testing Kong teeth and body<br />
        Wellington, NZ

First day testing Kong teeth and body
Wellington, NZ
 

Kong takes a well-deserved break

Kong takes a well-deserved break
 

A gorilla's arms are longer than his legs, so Andy sometimes used 
		extensions

A gorilla's arms are longer than his legs, so Andy sometimes used extensions
 

Andy Serkis in Kong costume for on-set support of other actors

Andy Serkis in Kong costume for on-set support of other actors
 

Kong v. Rex

Kong v. Rex
 

Performance Capture: Kong in King Kong

Naomi Watts interviewed by Mike Sampson:

MS: How important was Andy Serkis to your performance?

NW: Oh, so important! I couldn't have done it without him.

MS: What was the interaction like?

NW: Well he was a character, like playing opposite any other man. He didn't have any words, but he had a huge amount of expression, be it physical or emotional. So I was just reacting to him the whole time. And in as truthful a way as possible.

MS: Was he in a monkey suit?

NW: He wasn't in a monkey suit with fur all over it. He was in a special suit that helped him move a sort of way. It was more about giving him the structure and posture that a primate has. He had teeth in, because that helped him, and then he also had a microphone and this thing they called the Kong-a-lizer. That did something to change the vibration or the frequency in his own voice. But every thing that you see on the screen, is Andy Serkis. I mean, yes there's been some magical stuff happened in the post production, special effects, but all the emotion all the movement, you know, how you see that ferocious face turn from that to sort of a smile come over him and a light in his eye, that's all Andy. And that's what I was reacting to, so that was – that's why it felt like a normal work space for me.

Read the full interview: JoBlo.com

Peter Jackson in Time Out:

"I thought it was important to be able to turn up and rehearse the scenes with Ann and Kong, and be able to talk to Kong. To have Kong (Andy Serkis) on set to talk to was a critically important part of the process. For Naomi, it gave her someone to act with.  Actors feed off each other; it's one of the key things of their craft; they use each other to generate performance. Virtually every single shot of Naomi looking at Kong, she's looking at Andy, she’s looking at his face and he's up on a cherry-picker or on a scaffold tower or somewhere. That was one part of the Andy Serkis situation. The other part was that Andy was the actor, the person, who studied gorillas more than anybody. He studied them more than I did. He went to Rwanda and lived up there for a couple of weeks. I did what I could but he did the real thing. If Andy said to me, 'that's not how a gorilla would behave Peter', I would obviously be paying attention." -- Peter Jackson interviewed by Dave Calhoun

Andy Serkis on King Kong set

Andy Serkis on King Kong set
 

Andy Serkis on King Kong set

Andy Serkis on King Kong set
 

Andy Serkis on King Kong set (note Lumpy 'stache)

Andy Serkis on King Kong set (note Lumpy 'stache)
 

Andy Serkis on King Kong set

Andy Serkis on King Kong set
 

Kong and Ann

Kong and Ann
 

Kong

Kong
 

Sound Department, Mocap Stage

Sound Department, Mocap Stage
 

Andy provided vocalizations for Kong throughout film production -- here 
		in the ADR studio in Los Angeles

Andy provided vocalizations for Kong throughout film production -- here in the ADR studio in Los Angeles
 

Voice of Kong in NY -- ADR studio, Los Angeles

Voice of Kong in NY -- ADR studio, Los Angeles
 

Kong Vocalization

Kong Vocalization
 

Philippa Boyens and Andy Serkis on mocap stage

Philippa Boyens and Andy Serkis on mocap stage
 

King Kong

King Kong
 

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