RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: A First Look from 20th Century Fox and acclaimed Director Rupert Wyatt

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the summer blockbuster on slate for release August 2011, previewed its first look during a Facebook live stream event direct from the special effects wizards of WETA Digital.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES August 2011.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES , a 20th Century Fox /Chernin Entertainment Picture, produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffe and Amada Silver and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rupert Wyatt stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis as Caesar.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and WETA Digital.

WETA Digital, the OSCAR winning special effects masters behind AVATAR, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and District 9, created in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES an army of primates terrifyingly credible and astonishing in their realism.

Andy Serkis as Caeser in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

The premise behind RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES centers on the integration of Caesar, a primate raised in a controlled family environment. He is tamed, taught and treated as a child. He is a member of the family.

James Franco stars as Will Rodman, a genetic scientist who raises Caesar the chimp in his home with his father portrayed by John Lithgow, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.  As the disease progresses the inevitable occurs, Caesar reverts to his primate roots and is sent to a facility, which promises to be a sanctuary. It is here that he returns to his natural habitat.

James Franco as Will Rodman in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

Selected members of the media were invited by 20th Century Fox and Director Rupert Wyatt, last September, to visit the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES set at Mammoth Studios in Vancouver, BC and were treated to a set tour and the opportunity to sit on the set during the final stages of filming.

Our tour began with The San Bruno Ape Sanctuary and Atrium Set which we were told we were seeing the last of before they gave go ahead to strike the set. Meticulous prop and product placement in The San Bruno Ape Sanctuary office produced a moment of déjà vu from my years in the Wall Street jungle.  

Concept Art from 20th Century Fox and WETA Digital.

Watching the actors create the troop of primates was fascinating. The Shrewdness is created from the actors, Andy Serkis, Devyn Dalton, Karin Konoval and Terry Notary, wearing Motion Capture suits by WETA Digital’s CG effects.

The talent moved effortlessly across the sound stage, hunched over with crutches that produced  arm extensions creating the visual effect necessary for the WETA Digital’s CG effects to build believable primate appearances, as the scene we we’re watching them film was of a group of primates running down a fifteen foot ramp. They next scenes were of the primate’s finally experiencing freedom. The replay screens were quartered with each unit showing a different aspect: one with the actual talent, viewed as seen, the other with manual CG effects, one a blue screen and the fourth different camera angles.

WETA Digital’s Joe Letteri, a five-time OSCAR winner and Dan Lemmon explain, on the Facebook Live Stream event which will run non-stop at www.facebook.com/officialavatarmovie, how working on a RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES along with Director Rupert Wyatt has been the “holy grail” of visual effects wizardry and a driving force in their own careers.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES renderings from WETA Digital.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES create a chilling, frighteningly credible, captivating adventure.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES opens everywhere August, 2011.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES official website: www.riseoftheplanetoftheapes.com

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ApesWillRise

 

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