Motion capture performance works by using reflective markers attached to the skin that help identify and replicate body movement and facial expressions so that animators can later create a complete digital character. Where filmmakers once relied on prosthetics and heavy layers of makeup, now it’s all about utilizing computers to create lifelike realism. With each innovative film (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), the technology is perfected just a tiny bit more, to the point that it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the flesh and blood actors and the animated characters they interact with. And at the center of nearly every great motion capture performance thus far is one man: Andy Serkis.
Now Serkis is bringing his one-of-a-kind skills back to the Apes franchise for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Today, a new featurette gives us a glimpse of the master and his fellow mo-cap performers at work, and it’s fascinating to see a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artists’ process.
Take a look at the brief featurette for yourself:
Keeping the massive scope of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in mind for a second, this featurette is just that much more impressive. The amount of CGI apes seemingly needed to be rendered for this Battle for the Planet of the Apes remake is mind-boggling, giving us yet another reason to highly anticipate what I predict will be the movie of the summer.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) and hits theaters July 11.
Source: Screen Rant