Indiewire.com has posted a story that looks at three crucial visual effects sequences from Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Below is an excerpt looking at the first of those. The others can be checked out by clicking HERE. Notes the report, "As Weta's senior VFX supervisor Joe Letteri says, 'It's not about the technology — it's about letting dramatic moments develop, and getting out of the way when you need to.' Thus, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes represents the first movie to record most of the performance capture in difficult locations such as Muir Woods, before the more nuanced acting and action were refined in post at James Cameron's Lightstorm stage in Manhattan Beach.
1. One of the most gripping moments occurs when Toby Kebbell's Koba slyly disarms two drunken humans before shockingly gunning them down. "Matt [Reeves] and Toby were able to work the scene in a way that was different from how it appeared on the page and come up with that performance," adds four-time Oscar winner Letteri. "We were able to capture that and work through the translation and made that scene come alive. Toby added subtle details in getting on their good side before taking advantage of them and killing them. It's a really street kind of thing that happens. And so it had that spontaneity that we didn't have to worry about. We let them develop the drama and the animators came in took over." According to visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon, the scene was striking and chilling to observe: a microcosm of Reeve's approach to making the movie. "You had these talented actors working together on the set and they could play off of each other's ideas. Toby wanted to take situations he was in as a youth in London. Some of the scariest involved people pretending to be your friend who would suddenly turn on you, He ended up improvising half of it on the spot and it became much more powerful. It starts out humorously and then Koba becomes unhinged and you realize that the movie has taken a very dark turn."