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A fascinating look at one of the most interesting characters within `The Lord of the Rings',
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum - How We Made Movie Magic (Paperback)
Indisputably distinctive and intriguing, Gollum/ Sméagol has to be one of the most fascinating creatures that dwells upon Middle-Earth with his past partly remaining a mystery. I was delighted to find a single volume dedicated to this slippery character who was central to Frodo's journey, and was the most complex of all creatures ~ topping the Dwarves, Elves and Wizards! It is the fact that instead of just using a CGI image but an actual actor to play this creature, (in the form of Andy Serkis), that makes it so brilliant. Andy literally makes Gollum transform into life, flesh and blood, with every single movement, sound and facial feature being somewhat of an art form.
This indispensable, comprehensive guide takes a look behind the scenes at how Sméagol became Gollum, and how he was transformed from the page and onto the big screen. Film-making history was made when, in `the two towers', an actor's performance and digital animation were seamlessly integrated to create the world's first totally lifelike computer-generated character. This is Andy Serkis' story about how a three-week commission to provide a voice-over for Gollum grew into one of the most challenging creations for `The Lord of the Rings'. With more than 100 exclusive full-color behind-the-scenes photos and drawings, together with contributions from the many designers and animators who brought Gollum to life, this truly is a spectacular book.
Gollum/ Sméagol has to be the most unforgettable characters, who thanks to Andy Serkis' vision and creativity brought him to `life' for all to see. Above all else, Gollum is the one character within JRR Tolkien's epic work which certainly does him justice and which I feel would make the author proud. JRR Tolkien's vision has transformed into something tangible and real, whilst an actor discovered the most life-changing 5 years of his life.
This wonderful, must-have book explores ~
* Gollum's voice (which does sound a bit like a Cat being sick!)
* Andy acting in a bodysuit covered in dots
* The similarities between Andy and Gollum's features
* Future surprises in store for `The Return of the King'!
I would highly recommend this book to add to your Tolkien collection, especially if you are an avid fan of Peter Jackson's films.