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Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic is a behind-the-scenes book by Andy Serkis, who performed the challenging role of Gollum in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. It was written in 2003, the year the trilogy was finished, and published by HarperCollins.

The book examines the unprecedented use of performance-capture animation required for Serkis' portrayal of Gollum in The Two Towers and The Return of the King, with commentary by many animators and designers of Weta Digital who were involved, such as Bay Raitt and Adam Valdez.

The efforts of animating Gollum are also examined in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Special Extended Edition, "Part Three: The Journey Continues".


"The official tie-in to The Return of the King, in which actor Andy Serkis relates how he and the team of animators brought Tolkien's character Gollum to life. 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 animated character. Now Andy Serkis tells his own story about how a three-week commission to provide a voiceover for Gollum grew into a four-year commitment to breathe life and soul into The Lord of the Rings' most challenging screen performance. Fully illustrated with more than 100 exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and drawings from The Return of the King and The Two Towers, and with contributions from the many designers and animators who brought Gollum to life, this book examines the transition to the big screen of one of Tolkien's most popular characters from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings."
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