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A great look at WETA's Rise of the Planet of the Apes mo-cap work

Aug. 4, 2011by: Paul Tassi
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We all doubted it, but now with buzz around RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES being actually rather good, the seemingly bad idea might turn out to be pretty cool after all.

I've been impressed with the trailers since day one, thanks in part to Andy Serkis' Ceasar, and today with this new featurette we can see just how much work went into the CGI apes that populate this film. People are still complaining about the CGI (of course), but it's as damn close to perfect as we can physically get with our current tech, and I think it's pretty damn good.

Check out the video below. The shots that juxtapose Serkis and Ceasar's face really give you the full effect, and is highly reminiscent of AVATAR.

Extra Tidbit: You know, I still think we could subdue an intelligent ape uprising. How many apes are really in America? Also, we have machine guns.
Source: WETA

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12:01PM on 08/04/2011
So Serkis is playing Caesar? Ok, I think he seems to get a bit typecast as an ape. Apparently he's the go-to mo-cap-man in movies now.
So Serkis is playing Caesar? Ok, I think he seems to get a bit typecast as an ape. Apparently he's the go-to mo-cap-man in movies now.
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12:54PM on 08/04/2011
Everyone who keeps doubting the uprising fails to consider the apes might have a contingency in place, like a nuclear warhead, or something.
Everyone who keeps doubting the uprising fails to consider the apes might have a contingency in place, like a nuclear warhead, or something.
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12:59PM on 08/04/2011

Perfect timing

After a few lame domestic trailers and an alright international trailer, this featurette has finally made me excited for RotPotA. 'Bout time... I'm screening it tonight!
After a few lame domestic trailers and an alright international trailer, this featurette has finally made me excited for RotPotA. 'Bout time... I'm screening it tonight!
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11:58PM on 08/04/2011
And holy schnikes it's friggin' great. See this movie now!
And holy schnikes it's friggin' great. See this movie now!
1:29PM on 08/04/2011
This movie is going to be awesome early buzz is saying its the best movie of the summer. Im seeing it at midnight tonight. This sfx trailer was amazing serkis really is incredible.
This movie is going to be awesome early buzz is saying its the best movie of the summer. Im seeing it at midnight tonight. This sfx trailer was amazing serkis really is incredible.
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