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Watch this unreal Dawn of the Planet of The Apes mo-cap featurette

May. 20, 2014by:
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Motion capture has certainly come a long way since creeping people out in THE POLAR EXPRESS. I didn't think it could get better than AVATAR; that is until now. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES looks to show off what might be the best use of the technology to date. The impressive video below looks at the comparisons between motion-capture performance and the final product completed with visual effects. It's a must watch.

The 'Ape Evolution', gives you a look at Andy Serkis (Caesar), Toby Kebbell (Koba), Larramie Doc Shaw (Ash), Terry Notary (Rocket), and Karin Konoval (Maurice) performing their ape roles and reveals the serious acting that goes on behind the CGI scenes. Let's hope there is more recognition given for these types of performances; the actors have to deal with everything from body language to facial expressions and it can't be easy to channel your inner ape for hours at a time.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES opens worldwide on July 11, 2014.

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1:30AM on 05/21/2014
Hopefully, it's things like this that make us realize that as much as we put down CGI here, the artists and technicians involved in bringing these characters to life deserve recognition and respect, and miniatures and puppets are not the best solutions for everything.
Hopefully, it's things like this that make us realize that as much as we put down CGI here, the artists and technicians involved in bringing these characters to life deserve recognition and respect, and miniatures and puppets are not the best solutions for everything.
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12:24PM on 05/21/2014
100 percent right! There is no way this could be pulled off on this scale and realism with costumed performers, but it just gets old people thinking without someone in the Mo-Cap suit it could not be made. This could be made and look just as good or better with complete CGI, it would just take longer and cost more. Mo-Cap is just a shortcut, and while Andy is a MO-Cap innovator, this movie would still get made if someone else was in his suit.
100 percent right! There is no way this could be pulled off on this scale and realism with costumed performers, but it just gets old people thinking without someone in the Mo-Cap suit it could not be made. This could be made and look just as good or better with complete CGI, it would just take longer and cost more. Mo-Cap is just a shortcut, and while Andy is a MO-Cap innovator, this movie would still get made if someone else was in his suit.
11:52PM on 05/20/2014
You know I love Andy and he does great work but this is the perfect example of what people always overlook. The graphic artists bring the character to life, Andy just gives them the basic skeleton. Sure the eyes are there but come on look at the side by side there is literally almost nothing left of the actor, they could portray as much emotion simply doing a voice over. Mo-Cap is simply the latest fad, and a way to cut down on animation time, but it still 90 percent animator, 10 percent actor.
You know I love Andy and he does great work but this is the perfect example of what people always overlook. The graphic artists bring the character to life, Andy just gives them the basic skeleton. Sure the eyes are there but come on look at the side by side there is literally almost nothing left of the actor, they could portray as much emotion simply doing a voice over. Mo-Cap is simply the latest fad, and a way to cut down on animation time, but it still 90 percent animator, 10 percent actor.

Now if Andy went and animated his own performance, that would be amazing.
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9:49PM on 05/20/2014
Andy Serkis needs to win an Oscar for his work in anything that involves motion capture
Andy Serkis needs to win an Oscar for his work in anything that involves motion capture
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