Serkis Talks Hobbit and Tintin

At last month's Cannes Film Festival, actor Andy Serkis came to town to announce the creation of The Imaginarium, a performance capture facility based in London that he said aimed to bring performance capture within the reach of independent filmmakers.

Serkis, who helped legitimise performance capture in the early 2000s through playing Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, sat down with IGN to talk about the technology and we couldn't help but quiz him on his two big upcoming performance capture projects, Tintin and The Hobbit.

The actor started by sharing his take on the advances in technology since he first donned grey lycra to play Gollum. "There've been huge developments," he told us. "There was no real modus operandi in the early years. And there was a lack of education and a strange paranoia within the industry, particularly from the acting community and animators.

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