This cosplay had a far more positive and enthusiastic response than I had expected. Most everyone understands these are motion capture suits, but it is always special to find those few people who recognize the particular characters.
I was planning on attending a Lord of the Rings themed event, with a lot of very talented tailors and costumers. Knowing most everyone was going to attend the event in beautifully crafted elaborate costumes, I wanted to go a completely different direction. I’ve always been a fan of Andy Serkis and his work on LoTR, so it seemed an obvious choice to create a costume after his and Benedict’s work.
The costumes were entirely hand made. Body suits sewn with many….many fit trials. Motion capture dots were made and placed to be as accurate as possible to the real costumes. Many hours of special features were watched.