Admittedly, this Venom news isn’t the most shocking of news. In today’s day and age, pretty much any creature that isn’t human tends to be brought to life using CG, and the more humanoid creatures (and even plenty of those non-humanoid ones) tend to be brought to life using performance capture.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, performance capture pioneer and guru Andy Serkis discussed the acting integrity of the method, and in the process revealed that actor Tom Hardy will be utilizing it for an upcoming film, which we can assume is Venom.
“The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting. Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval who plays Maurice in War For The Planet of the Apes – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing The BFG, or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films… Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture. It all points up ‘what is the nature of acting?’ and there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and make up, or wearing a motion capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.”
Again, this isn’t really the biggest news. I think we all knew that Venom wasn’t going to be created using a puppet, but this does reveal that it won’t be a CG creation made wholly by animators, but will use performance capture as its base, which is nice to hear.
Also of note here is Serkis’ continued push for credibility of performance capture. In years past, many in the industry pushed for his nomination for acting awards for characters like Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but so far, the industry itself has been too backwards to fully acknowledge him or the tool as such.
Hopefully soon that will all change.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies