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12 landmark performance capture turns: From Ahmed Best to Andy Serkis

7 March 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As VFX technology marches on at speed, more and more of our favourite movie characters are being brought to life by actors driving a performance capture digital creation.

Though Andy Serkis's Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Sharlto Copley's Chappie sit at the cutting edge today, in its current form it actually stretches back nearly 20 years to Star Wars's much-maligned Jar Jar Binks.

Go back even further and take into account rotoscoping - animators drawing over an actors' performance frame-by-frame - it's possible to mark Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a landmark film in 1937. There, an actress was used as the basis for the titular princess.

Fast forward to 2015, and we're now at a point where many in the industry are calling for an 'Assisted Performance' Oscars category to recognise the work done by actors and VFX artists.

"I think the technology is relatively new, »

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ITV previews 2015 dramas with Sheridan Smith and Christopher Eccleston

7 January 2015 7:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has offered a first-look at its slate of dramas for 2015.

The minute-long trailer offers a first glimpse of Christopher Eccleston's Safe House and Sheridan Smith's Black Work.

It also teases the drama coming up during the second series of Broadchurch, which began on Monday (January 5).

Footage from Code of a Killer, Home Fires, Arthur & George and the third series of Mr Selfridge is also included. Jeremy Piven's period drama will return to screens later this month.

The Trials of Jimmy Rose - which will star Ray Winstone and Tom Cullen - is also featured in the 2015 preview.

The new series follows notorious armed robber Jimmy Rose, who is released from prison only to find that his family have moved on with their lives.

ITV recently ordered a 13-part adaptation of Old English epic poem Beowulf, with production set to begin in County Durham and Northumberland in April. »

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