Why James Franco Had To Cameo And 4 More Tidbits We Learned About Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes At WonderCon

By Eric Eisenberg 2014-04-20 21:25:54discussion comments
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Performance Capture In Practical Environments
Watching footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes it’s very clear that the movie is going to feature some absolutely revolutionary visual effects – and those effects were not required by ordinary means. Like they did with Rise, all of the apes performances are done using motion capture, but there was one extra twist added this time. Rather than filming in a controlled environment like a soundstage or studio, 85% to 95% of the movie was shot using practical locations.

While this kind of thing is rather revolutionary, Reeves said that it was probably never done before because "it’s absurd" and extremely difficult to do. That said, the director does believe that it, along with the movie’s 3D, make for an experience that is both "very immersive and realistic." How will it turn out on the big screen? We’ll have to wait until July 11th to find out.
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