April 24, 2010 — "Part of this evening is allaying fears and fighting prejudice in the acting community," said Andy Serkis, who appeared King Kong-sized Thursday night on the screen at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Attending via videoconference, the award-winning actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings series and as the title character in Kong, was one of a dozen speakers at the "Acting in the Digital Age" panel, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In a coordinated effort between SAG's New Media department, iActor, SAGIndie and the local SAG Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch office, SAG staffers are headed to SXSW.
Held annually in Austin, TX, SXSW is considered one of the world’s premiere film festivals. The festival includes film premieres, informative panels and workshops, a trade show and networking events. SAG staffers will be presenting and hosting a number of panels on topics ranging from casting productions online to the growth of new media in our industry.
Woody Schultz has been named national chair of Screen Actors Guild’s new National Performance Capture Committee.
Schultz has extensive experience in performance capture, with the films Avatar, Beowulf and The Polar Express among his credits. He and the rest of the experienced committee, which is still being constituted, will work to raise awareness about this increasingly important acting work.
Historically, the more popular industry terms have been “motion capture” or “mo-cap.” So why does SAG call the work “performance capture”?
These days, technology is able to record every little nuance of an actor’s performance. Regardless, the debate continues over how deserving the work is when it comes to accolades – as evidenced by this recent Los Angeles Times article, “Avatar’s animated acting.”