Andy Serkis plans motion capture studio for Dubai (exclusive)

Actor, director, producer and digital filmmaker Andy Serkis wants local talent to manage faciliity
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Award winning actor and performance capture specialist Andy Serkis is looking to set up a performance capture studio in Dubai.

Serkis, who was the special guest of honour at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam spoke exclusively to Digital Studio Middle East, is keen on setting up a performance capture studio in Dubai.

“I have been to the Dubai International Film Festival and I had a great time. I had an idea of potentially setting up a performance capture studio in Dubai. The place certainly has the infrastructure to be able to have the facility,” Serkis told Digital Studio ME exclusively.

During his visit to Dubai, Serkis toured a few studios in the emirate and vividly recalls a cookery programme being filmed at the time of the tour. “It would be great to set up performance capture studios there but more importantly train local talent to use the software and technologies. You need a team of people who can think and lead creatively, not just from a technological point of view but from a visually creative perspective. Having said that, it can all be taught. All we need is a project to begin,” he added.

Born to an Iraqi father and British mother Serkis also spoke about his desire to work with Middle East filmmakers.

“I've always had a desire to return or engage in some way with the film community. There was a film literate community, especially in Baghdad, and had a lot of cinemas at the time.”

Serkis parents moved to the UK when he was one year old, but travelled to Baghdad during the summer until the age of 14.

“I was very aware that there was a vast amount of stories that could benefit from all the wealth of technological advancements in terms of storytelling. There are amazing stories which people would love to see worldwide.”

Serkis said filmmakers in the Middle East are telling important stories of what it's like to live through war and its aftermath. “There are plenty of powerful and moving stories which I have become aware of through the independent film scene in the UK. But I have yet to engage with filmmakers who want to tell stories on a grander scale, which would have room for performance capture technology. That is certainly an ambition to find those people who want to tell those stories,” he told Digital Studio ME.

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