In terms of acting there’s no difference in playing a conventional role and playing a CG character in terms of the acting choices and creative approach in building a character, a psychological profile for the role and so on. In those terms, there are absolutely no differences. But in technicality there’s a language you have to learn. It’s akin to being on a bare theatrical stage – you have to imagine everything. You don’t have a costume, or make-up to help you for instance, but what it’s about in performance is a very pure form of acting. With Kong, it was technically very difficult in terms of proportionality of Kong as compared to Gollum, who was one to one with my physicality in terms of size. With Kong there were huge technical challenges, with the length of the forearms and how we made him relate to the environment and so on, but in terms of acting, there’s no difference.”
Andy Serkis talks about building character in his roles as King Kong, Gollum and as "El Presidente" the King Pin of The Jolly Boys - their Last Stand comes out on DVD this week - AND his own ambitions to work behind the camera directing film action.
We did a lot of casting, a lot of casting. Everybody will tell you casting is so important. The agents in town were all very supportive, particularly since there is not much out there for young actors. There are TV soaps and other drama series or a bit of fringe theatre – even that is very competitive – so if you approach with a film and their actors like the script, often they will be very helpful. Agents take on a lot of actors straight out of drama school and most actors find it very, very tough to get work, especially in those first three or four years. So I saw a lot of actors and they all seemed to like the project and then also, I had Andy Serkis on board from very early on in the lead role. Of course all the actors had heard of him and respected him, so it wasn't so much for me that they wanted to do it, it was for a chance to act with him [smiles]."
Chris Payne, witer/director The Jolly Boys Last Stand - out now on DVD
did a lot of his hunting at night, when there was no light to see by,
except for the moon. But then he preferred not to go out on moonlit
nights because just as he could see his adversary, so his adversary
could see him! The real battle of wits was between him and the animal
he was tracking and the amount of… well there were times he would start
tracking a maneater during the day and by nightfall, he had come so
far, it was impossible for him to get back to where he had set up camp,
so he would be compelled to spend the night up a tree. You just can’t
help but admire the courage of this man, who knew that there was a
maneating tiger in the district and in fact, very, very close to where
he is, because he is tracking it.”
director Ashvin Kumar on Jim Corbett, the hunter who inspired his
high-suspense film drama Forest, heading for Cannes in May.
The introduction and development of Apple’s Final Cut Pro
software has created positive and negative waves of opinion throughout
the various strands of the media industry in the UK and worldwide. You
could say it has thrown a spanner in the works for its long-established
European films with MEDIA support are strongly represented at this year’s 78th Oscars. All in all, there are five MEDIA supported films nominated for one of the prestigious golden statues which will be awarded on Sunday, 5 March 2006, in Hollywood.
Horror remake When a Stranger Calls has topped the US box office over the Super Bowl weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations. The low-budget film, directed by Simon West, took an impressive $22m on its weekend debut. When a Stranger Calls sees Camilla Belle play a high-school student who is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.
A new TV Channel propels Itself into the airwaves On Sky Tonight.
Propellor TV takes a step into the unknown showcasing the work of independent film makers and student talent launches in Yorkshire tonight, where it can be seen on Sky 289.
Moira Shearer, the ballerina and actress whose debut film, The Red Shoes, created an international sensation in 1948, has died. The wife of fellow Scot, author and campaigner Ludovik Kennedy, she was 80.
Taking a leaf from the iTunes book, filmmaker Phil Dale is to self distribute his award winning short film The Census Taker for download to the growing army of content hungry iPod and PSP owners.