When Digital Apes Become Real
War for the Planet of the Apes hit theaters this week, and the third film in the modern take on the iconic series has proven that blockbuster entertainment can sit comfortably with thoughtful and emotional storytelling. Directed by Matt Reeves, who’s back again after the previous film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War of course stars Andy Serkis in a tour de force performance capture turn as Caesar, leader of the apes and reluctant enemy of mankind.
I recently sat down with Reeves and his effects maestros Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon of Weta Digital to discuss the revelatory visuals in the film. Read on for our full discussion about taking digital characters into the realm of reality, the one human character in the film who also needed to be done digitally, why it’s important for apes to use horse riding stirrups, and more!