April 20, 2012

Andy Serkis is Fluent in the Language of the Face

Learning to speak and interpret the Language of the Face is one of the most important skills in an actor's tool bag. Without the ability to express the internal state of your character in a recognizable and accurate way, there is no performance. This is important for every style of performance and motion capture is the next frontier where actors with mastery of the Language of the Face are in high demand.

You may not know him by name, but there is a good chance that you have seen Andy Serkis perform in the last ten years. With lead roles in many hit movies of the last decade, he is one actor you may know and love without ever seeing his face.

Andy Serkis gives life to computer generated creatures and characters through the use of motion capture technology. He specializes in delivering subtle and recognizable facial expressions, a skill that he has put to great use while playing characters like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and Ceasar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Let's take a look at how he works and hear his own words on the subject of acting and motion capture.

Not only is he a motion capture specialist, but he is also a well respected actor with an impressive body of work on both stage and film. Andy Serkis is a perfect example of how important understanding the Language of the Face is to us as actors and performers of all kinds. Andy Serkis is fluent in the Language of the Face and it has made his career.

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