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The Animation & Storytelling from Rise of The Planet of the Apes

Last night I had the pleasure of watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes and, boy, was I inspired afterwards! I believe the story was superbly executed, from the similarities drawn between the main character and Julius Caesar, to the backdrop of the relationship between a scientist and his father’s Alzheimer. Who would’ve thought that that seemingly innocent desire to cure an illness, ended up creating a new breed of apes that would eventually take over the world.

The animation in the film was also top-notch. A lof of the time, I was in awe at the realism evoked from the ape, chimp, gorilla and orangutan characters. Fortunately, the story and performance was so good, the visual effects and technology didn’t distract from anything.

Andy Serkis, responsible for the motion-capture performances behind Gollum in Lord of the Rings, and Kong in King Kong, pretty much “made” the film, according to the film crew at Weta.

Andy Serkis’ passion for performance, and his strength of conviction in the importance of human acting, gives much hope to those who were being told that actors would eventually be replaced by virtual actors. No technology can replace the heart and soul of a live performer.

Here’s a featurette on the origin story for Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

Now, if you haven’t done so already, go out and see the film!

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