We’ve already seen some awesome behind the scenes footage from War for the Planet of the Apes showing a detailed look of acclaimed motion capture actor Andy Serkis and how technology factors into his transformation into the role of Caesar. However, before the state of the art technology takes over, first, Serkis must actually deliver the performance and the lines which Caesar is going to say. After Serkis performs the entire scene as himself, Weta Digital to takes over and digitally transforms him into the ape character. Thanks to 20th Century Fox, we can actually see that process happening! Weta Digital has mastered the art of translating human actors to apes and the below featurette shows that change as it happens right before your very eyes. In the new featurette below titled
In the new featurette below titled Faces of Caesar, Serkis delivers a monolog from the film. You can see him dressed in the gray body suit and head gear. He is covered from head to toe in point markings which help Weta Digital create facial expressions and lifelike movement when they translate his performance into Caesar’s. As Serkis speaks, he slowly morphs into Caesar and it’s pretty amazing to see. Also, as a side note, how amazing is Serkis as he’s delivering the lines? He’s truly an under appreciated actor, simply because when he’s on screen, he’s usually masked behind a CGI version of himself.
It’s absolutely captivating to watch the transformation take place. Check out the brief featurette below:
War for the Planet of the Apes, is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, Terry Notary and more.
Check out the official film synopsis below:
“In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.”
The film will be swinging into theaters on July 14, 2017.
Source: 20th Century Fox Press Release