Notary first realized the opportunities and subtle details that motion capture performances brought to storytelling while working on Avatar in 2009. "My biggest fear was, 'How are they going to capture an emotion that's silent and almost invisible?'" Notary says. "It translates all of that."
Since then, motion-capture capabilities have only excelled, and Notary's resume has been filled with just about every notable CGI-driven movie. His ape background came in handy most recently embodying King Kong in March's Kong: Skull Island, and he's currently in the middle of shooting Avengers: Infinity War, playing two characters all while coaching Mark Ruffalo and Josh Brolin as The Hulk and villain Thanos, respectively. Notary hopes more recognition for actors such as Andy Serkis, who embodies Caesar and is someone he calls a best friend, will come as a result of their performances and requisite dedication.
"The thing I enjoy the most is that it's like theater," Notary says of motion capture. "[Josh Brolin was] telling me how much he really likes this whole experience... it's going back to true, true performance. Everyone that's experienced it, that's gone through the motion-capture process, understands that -- they get it, they feel it, they've felt it. I feel like the more big name actors that are really good, like Josh, are doing things like this, the more other actors might go, 'I'm going to try that.'"