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CONFERENCE | REALTIME | VIRTUAL PRODUCTION

Early Look at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Andy Serkis

Twentieth Century Fox presents a special advanced look at this summer's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis, performance capture pioneer and the man behind the performance of the film's main character, Caesar, will be on hand to talk about the film. Serkis is known for his role as Caesar as well as other characters like Gollum, King Kong and Captain Haddock from The Adventures of Tintin. The session will feature a preview of select scenes and sequences from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as well as in-progress footage courtesy of Weta Digital who are again handling the visual effects for the film.

 

All electronic devices like ipads, iphones, cameras, will be collected for this session. Admission starts at 1.15pm.

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis, Actor/ Director

ANDY SERKIS is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in a range of memorable roles.  He gained legions of fans around the globe for his performance as Gollum in the Academy Award®-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.  Serkis won an Empire Award for his role, in addition to sharing in several Outstanding Ensemble Cast Awards, including a Screen Actors Guild Award®.  Reuniting with Jackson, he played two roles in the director’s epic retelling of King Kong, taking performance capture to another level as the title character of Kong, and also appearing as Lumpy, the ship’s cook.

Serkis recently announced that he will be directing an adaptation of Richard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” for Warner Bros. 

This summer, Serkis will reprise the role of “Caesar” in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. His performance in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes received acclaim from both journalists and audiences worldwide, earning him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.  

He served as 2nd Unit Director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy (most recently, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and reprised the role of Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

In October 2012, Serkis announced the acquisition of two projects that will  be produced by his London based performance capture studio, The Imaginarium:  “The Bone Season,” based on the first in a series of books by Samantha Shannon, and a re-telling of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” which Serkis will direct.   20th Century Fox-based Chernin Entertainment will co-produce the adaptation of “The Bone Season” with The Imaginarium. 

Other recent credits include a staring role as Captain Haddock alongside Jamie Bell’s Tintin in The Adventures of Tintin, from director Steven Spielberg and producers Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, and had co-starring roles in Death of a Superhero and Brighton Rock. 

In 2010, Serkis received critical acclaim and accolades for his portrayal of punk-rock legend Ian Dury in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll for director Mat Whitecross.  The role earned Serkis a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. He also played C19th grave robber William Hare, opposite Simon Pegg’s William Burke, in John Landis’ recent black comedy Burke & Hare

On the small screen, Serkis appeared in the BBC miniseries Little Dorrit, based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, which garnered him a 2009 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor.   He also starred in as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein in the BBC/HBO production of Einstein and Eddington.

Serkis previously earned Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award nominations for his performance as Ian Brady in HBO’s Longford.  He also garnered acclaim for the role of Bill Sikes in the PBS presentation of Oliver Twist.  British television audiences also know him for a wide range of roles in telefilms, miniseries and series.

Serkis’s recent feature film credits include Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed drama The Prestige; the comedy 13 Going on 30, with Jennifer Garner; and the indie films The Cottage, Extraordinary Rendition and Sugarhouse.  He also lent his voice to the animated feature Flushed Away.  He earlier co-starred in Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People and Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy.  Serkis includes among his additional film credits such independent releases as Deathwatch, The Escapist, Shiner, Pandaemonium, The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand, Five Seconds to Spare, Sweety Barrett, Among Giants, Mojo, Career Girls, Loop, Stella Does Tricks and The Near Room.

An accomplished stage actor, Serkis has received acclaim for his work on the stages of London and across the United Kingdom.  He starred as Iago in Othello, at the Royal Exchange Theatre; played the Emcee in Cabaret; and originated the role of Potts in Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, at the Royal Court Theatre.  His stage work also includes productions of King Lear, Hush, and Decadence.  In 2003, he made his directorial debut with the play The Double Bass at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

As a director, Serkis also helmed the award-winning Heavenly Sword for PLAYSTATION®3 and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for Namco Bandai Games.  In addition, he wrote and directed a short film called Snake, starring his wife, Lorraine Ashbourne and Rupert Graves.

FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). It is an event in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, ACM SIGGRAPH, 5D Institute and Eurographics. FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry for Finance and Economic Affairs of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart, the MFG Film Funding and the FFA German Federal Film Board.