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Andy Serkis on PBS-TV series Neanderthals


Oct 18 2018, 2:24am

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Andy Serkis on PBS-TV series Neanderthals Can't Post

I was just channel surfing and came across a Public Broadcast presentation (like the Great American Read) about creating a 3D animation of Neanderthals. Scientists are using bones found and are piecing together a whole skeleton/image. A complete skeleton has never been found. Andy is helping them use computer imaging (as used for LotR/Hobbit) and RL motion-capture to anticipate how the Neanderthal would have looked and moved. It's fascinating!


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Oct 18 2018, 12:11pm

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It made me chuckle :) [In reply to] Can't Post

As they were developing how the Neanderthal was physically built layer-by-layer reconstructed from bones, they also determined (via 3D computer graphics) how they looked and how they worked together when they would hunt. They were ambushers on their prey. Because of their size (short, stocky, muscular), they were incredibly powerful sprinters; but had low endurance (not long distance runners). They're described as very dangerous over short distances *begins chuckle*. OK... so they're dwarves! :D

There are several parts to this investigation, traveling worldwide to study each aspect with pertinent specialists. Our bearded Andy was a part of the motion-capture and physicality of piecing Neanderthals together. They started with what the bones showed, then layered in muscle, the head and brain capability, how their physical appearance determined their lifestyle/hunting skills, and finally their facial features and skin color.

It gave me chills at the very end as they took all they discovered and handed a motion-capture headpiece to Andy. He was so reverent and intense as he stepped forward to give this Neanderthal a "soul". With an extreme closeup, we watched Andy slowly bring this being to life... closed eyes slowly opened, subtle but emotional facial movements and twitches as he connected to the heart and life in this man. It's chilling and beautiful to see Andy's power and sensitivity.


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Oct 18 2018, 6:11pm

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I went and looked it up [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's the link: https://www.pbs.org/program/neanderthal/ I've been fascinated ever since I learned that those of us of European ancestry have about 3% Neanderthal DNA.

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Oct 19 2018, 3:16am

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Ah, nuts. Thanks, Aunt Dora, but [In reply to] Can't Post

"Not available in your region due to rights restrictions."
I hope we get it here eventually.

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Oct 19 2018, 4:33am

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It screened here on Prime just a few weeks ago. [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't know if Prime has an on-demand platform but it's worth checking out.

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Oct 19 2018, 7:56am

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I watched that in the UK [In reply to] Can't Post

a while ago - it was impressive! Fascinating to watch Andy and a woman moving round the studio recreating movements of hunting etc, for the animations. What bones remained showed the musculature - strong throwing arms and so forth - to help remake the bodies and learn what were common movements. You wouldn't want to try arm-wrsting with these guys... We are so privileged these days to have the technology to bring these long-gone people back to life in such a vivid way. Hope you folks are all able to watch it sometime.


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