Consider three movies with the same title. The 1933 version of King Kong was considered a technological marvel, depicting what was a stop-motion puppet climbing to the top of the Empire State Building. Its crew numbered 113 people. A 1976 version of King Kong used a technician in an ape suit and a 40-foot tall robot to portray the Great Ape—and, as it happens, also had exactly 113 crew members.
But a 2005 version of King Kong, directed by Peter Jackson, was a little more complicated. Kong was played by an actor, Andy Serkis, who wore motion-capture equipment to bring the ape to life. And its crew numbered no fewer than 1,659 people, including jobs like “data wrangler” and “stereoscopic compositing lead.”
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