Rise of the Planet of the Apes senior visual-effects
supervisor Joe Letteri, a four-time Oscar winner, credits director Rupert Wyatt
for championing the notion of a reality-based story and effects. Letteri
explains, "Rupert has
instilled the overall idea in all of us that we are bringing realistic-looking
chimps into the mix. So we started at ground zero. It's a fresh new approach to
the Planet of the Apes film series.
We're presenting primates as we know them. We're giving them an additional
level of intelligence and subtle human tendencies." As Weta Digital
utilized its state-of-the-art tools to render photo-realistic apes, the world's
foremost performance-capture artist, actor Andy Serkis, came aboard the project
to infuse Caesar with nuance, emotion, soul, wisdom, and heart. Another
historic accomplishment for the picture was its filming of visual effects and
performance-capture work on practical locations outside the controlled
environment of an enclosed stage. This allowed the performance-capture work to
be fully integrated with the live-action performances, eliminating the barrier
between visual effects and live action.
these behind-the-scenes interviews about the stunning visual effects and making
of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
with director Rupert Wyatt, actor Andy Serkis, and senior visual-effects supervisor Joe Letteri.
film's big set pieces are always in the service of its emotional core and
resonant themes. Serkis explains, "[Rise of the Planet of the
Apes] doesn't feel like a visual
effects–driven film. It feels like a powerful emotional story with a big
backdrop. The action and spectacle work seamlessly with the drama. And that's
why I think it's really powerful—because the 'wows' aren't in your face. It's
all about finding realism and truth."
about this groundbreaking movie and view production stills
from the film.
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