Thought you all might like to know that we received an email from one of our contacts in New Zealand, Pixelpusher, about the model for Gollum's face. Here's what he told us:
I have a few friends at Weta, (I DON'T work there myself), and as we were talking a bit about digital character animation, they told me that they were gearing up towards the building/animating of a fully digital main character. So I said 'yeah, nothing new, everybody knows you're doing Gollum for lotr'. Then he said 'ok, but did you know that we're using Steve Buschemi as a template?' (!!?)
I was more than a little surprised. But they insisted that they're using Buschemi not only for facial expressions but also for the lipsynch testphase.
Maybe this is one of the big three that Michael DeLuca was talking about earlier this week?