1. Gollum


As we mentioned at the start of this feature, it was here that it all really began. There had been plenty of CGI creations before this, but something changed when Andy Serkis brought Gollum to life in The Lord of the Rings movies.

His performance was nothing short of amazing, and it showed at the time that motion capture was an art form which should be taken seriously. Seeing Elijah Wood and Sean Astin interact with Gollum made it hard to believe that he wasn’t real, and there’s no way that his presence would have had the same impact on us had it not been delivered by Serkis and the genius team at Weta.

Those special effects were so great, they really didn’t need to end up making any alterations for Gollum’s reappearance in The Hobbit.