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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': Bringing apes to life

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  • 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' preview

    'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' preview

    Thursday, July 10 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-07-11 03:02:29 GMT
    For fans of the original films this is the "Planet of the Apes" movie you've been waiting for. For every other theater-goer it's an unrelenting action spectacle that grips you visually and emotionally from minute one. In the last "Planet of the Apes" film, a virus unleashed a super species of highly intelligent apes nearly wiping out humankind in the process and that's where we pick up 10 years later in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
    For fans of the original films this is the "Planet of the Apes" movie you've been waiting for. For every other theater-goer it's an unrelenting action spectacle that grips you visually and emotionally from minute one. In the last "Planet of the Apes" film, a virus unleashed a super species of highly intelligent apes nearly wiping out humankind in the process and that's where we pick up 10 years later in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
  • Andy Serkis previews 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

    Andy Serkis previews 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:54:54 GMT
    The new movie 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' brings viewers along for the evolution of it's stars: apes.  The film takes place before the iconic 1968 film 'Planet of the Apes' with Charlton Heston. "That all happens after this sequence. We got back to the original series. We know where we’re going to end up which is the 1968 version," said Andy Serkis who plays Caesar. Like the original film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a social commentary.
    The new movie 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' brings viewers along for the evolution of it's stars: apes.  The film takes place before the iconic 1968 film 'Planet of the Apes' with Charlton Heston. "That all happens after this sequence. We got back to the original series. We know where we’re going to end up which is the 1968 version," said Andy Serkis who plays Caesar. Like the original film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a social commentary.

The genetically enhanced apes from the previous film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" inherit a post-apocalyptic San Francisco in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." And Andy Serkis reprises his role as top-chimp Caesar. 

Just as the apes have evolved, so has the technology that depicts them.

Through performance capture, we've seen Serkis transform into iconic characters like King Kong and Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings" series. In those days you needed a green screen but today the process is completely mobile.

A suit covered with cameras and sensors tracks his every move. Then the visual effects team translates his expressions into this.

Terry notary teaches the actors how to move like apes. Arm extensions allow them to walk on all fours. After six weeks of training with terry, the actors must learn to sound authentic, too.

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