National Youth Film Academy Host Webinar With Andy Serkis

On Friday 22nd March, we had the privilege of hosting a webinar with English Actor and Director Andy Serkis, best known for his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

If you missed it, scroll down to watch!

Hundreds of National Youth Film Academy members and non-members joined Chief Executive Rob Earnshaw as he sat down with Andy Serkis to discuss everything from his background and his experience using Motion Capture in his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, to what he, as a Director, looks for in an Actor.

When you’re directing there are so many factors involved in actually seeing a person and going ‘that’s the right person’ and that involves chemistry with the rest of the casting, and asking ‘does that person take direction?’

I think if you can show that you can really take direction and not have an idea of the character that is totally fixed in your mind and that is unshakeable, then I certainly like to see when I work with Actors in audition situations that they are really listening and in the moment and able to take direction to a great degree.

The truth of it is you almost know when someone walks through the door if they’re right for a role.

Andy Serkis, Actor and Director

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