Like its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes and unlike such classic works of American cinema as Every Which Way But Loose, Dunston Checks In, and MVP: Most Valuable Primate, Matt Reeves’ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes features no actual apes whatsoever. Rather than going for flesh-and-blood primates, the filmmakers once again opted for zeroes and ones. The digital makeup is being sculpted in three-dimensions by the wizards of Weta Digital and overlaid onto performances by Velcro/spandex-suited actors like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell. “I’ve seen an entire cut of the movie without any special effects whatsoever,” says Serkis, who once again plays the apes’ leader, Caesar. “It’s amazing to watch as Weta’s work comes in and we’re transformed.”
Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage below showing split-screen comparisons of the film’s actors before and after their special-effects makeovers.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 11.