Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Andy Serkis
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Andy Serkis shown doing the motion capture for his Ape Caesar ©2014 20th Century Fox, photo by WETA

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This is a short video with a behind the scenes look at the motion capture technique used to create the Apes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

It is interesting to see how far CGI has come. At one time hair would have been a problem but here is all of the human reaction transformed into the CGI realistic ape characters.

Andy Serkis, who after Gollum in Lord of the Rings films, is regarded as an expert in the motion capture acting area is shown first. Along side you can see the resulting Ape Caesar.

Next is Toby Kebbell with his Ape Koba, followed by Nick Thurston and his Ape Blue Eyes, Caesar’s son and one day leader of the ape community. We then have Larramie Doc Shaw and his Ape Ash.

A rather animated Terry Notary shows clearly the angry ape Rocket’s movements. Finally we conclude with a contrast, Karin Konoval with her serene Ape Maurice.

It is a great way to understand what has gone into the creation of these CGI Apes and how their emotion and feeling have been conveyed.

Pictured below are all six actors (Andy Serkis, Nick Thurston, Toby Kebbell, Larramie Doc Shaw, Terry Notary and Karin Konoval) along side their respective Apes.


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online