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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the first live-action film in the history of movies to star and be told from the point of view of a sentient animal—a character with humanlike qualities, who can strategize, organize, and ultimately lead a revolution. Check out the trailer here!
Director Rupert Wyatt mandated that Rise of the Planet of the Apes not use any real apes during filming and worked with Weta Digital to create lifelike apes through revolutionary visual effects. Chimpanzees who are used in entertainment are typically torn away from their mothers shortly after birth—a horrible process that causes irreversible psychological harm to the baby and the mother. Trainers typically use fear-based training methods and physical abuse in an effort to suppress instinctive behavior and force apes to perform on cue.
In lieu of condoning this cruelty, the Oscar-winning visual-effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, using computer-generated imagery (CGI) to create apes who deliver a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence—as well as epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of humans and apes.
As Weta Digital used its state-of-the-art tools to render photo-realistic apes, the world’s foremost performance-capture artist, actor Andy Serkis, worked on the project to infuse the lead character, Caesar, with nuance, emotion, soul, wisdom, and heart.
Check out behind-the-scenes interviews about the stunning visual effects and the making of Rise of the Planet of the Apes with director Rupert Wyatt, actor Andy Serkis, and senior visual-effects supervisor Joe Letteri.