New Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer Goes Behind the CG
"Apes with guns riding horses" sounds like the craziest Hollywood pitch of all time! Nevertheless, Dawn of the Plant of the Apes is set for release July 11, and we, quite honestly, can't wait! After running across this behind-the-scenes footage trailer below, you can consider us exceptionally teased. The trailer showcases the facial motion capture renderings of Weta Digital and introduces you to the major players in the story's post-apocalyptic, ape-ridden setting.
Aside from the incredible visual detail evident within the ape's hair, wrinkles, and wounds, WD's animators have also managed to transfer the actors' facial movements so precisely to the apes that it's almost impossible to distinguish them from their hairier cousins. From Caesar's hard, stoic glare to Blue Eyes's soft, touching glance, the CG apes' faces and body movements express a level of human emotions only Jane Goodall could appreciate. While we're no expert on primatology, we do know when VFX is done right, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn't look to disappoint.
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage and let us know what you think by commenting below.