Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be hitting theaters this Friday among some tough summer blockbuster competition. However, if you're still on the fence with this one after Transformers, Harry Potter, Captain America, along with some Cowboys and Aliens drained your wallet in recent weeks, then you may want to check out this behind-the-scenes featurette.
We are taken to some on-location shooting with Weta Workshop, the New Zealand-based effects company behind the groundbreaking visuals in (among many others,) The Lord of the Rings trilogy, District 9, and a little movie called Avatar. In a literal breath of fresh air, it seems that motion capture and digital trickery can be done outside for a change, instead being restricted in some studio to some blue screen where actors are forced to interact with nothing but their imagination. The result, is something more genuine and organic than what we've been seeing from effects-heavy films as of late.
Andy Serkis' performance as genetically-altered ape, Caesar is also on real-life display, which really accentuates how much he puts into his performances. You'll definitely appreciate the footage of this film a lot more the next time you see the trailer on TV.
In the meantime, you can also check out Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Tom Felton on AOTS tonight.