The Rise of "Synthespians"

“Mr. Serkis is the human actor behind the computer-generated (CG) character Gollum, a wizened Hobbit who’s part manlike, part evil beast. More than just giving voice to the character, Serkis provided all its movements and facial expressions, which were later ‘painted over’ by animators.” Gregory M. LambThe Rise of “Synthespians”CS Monitor)

Gollum is a Hobbit? Tolkien hints at the possibility, but in the book it remains only a hint. More amusing is the article’s reference to the most recent Star Wars movie as “Episode 11″ rather than “Episode II”. At any rate, for more on computer-generated acting, refer to the Miranda sequences in Neal Stephenson’s novel The Diamond Age.