Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set in a post apocalyptic future where a nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar are battling for dominance with a band of human survivors. Emotive themes of family, compassion and betrayal are carried by a cast of fully CG apes who deliver intelligent and emotional performances as believable as their human counterparts.
See how Weta Digital’s on-set performance capture helped artists bring the amazing performances the actors delivered on the film set through to the digital characters in the finished picture, and how we created a startling post-virus San Francisco.
Transforming Human Motion-Capture Performances Into Realistic Apes
In the latest incarnation of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell deliver human motion-capture performances to help bring the realistic apes to life. Shot with a combination of high-speed cameras, Mike Seymour breaks down the tech behind shooting the motion-capture scenes on location versus on a sound stage.
Focusing on the science behind creature creation, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to refine the humanization of the apes while retaining the realism. In this exclusive featurette, audiences will hear from filmmakers and key members from the digital team at WETA, to discover how the motion capture process has been upgraded, taking the first film’s groundbreaking visual effects technology to the next level.
Weta Digital senior VFX supervisor Joe Letteri and VFX supervisor Erik Winquist discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Plus we run down the new July term at fxphd.com.
Previs supervisor AJ Briones and team worked with director Matt Reeves and stunt coordinator Gary Powell to help craft the exciting third act battle sequence for the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
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Juan E. Hernandez