Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Reeves: Actors trained to be apes

Matt Reeves is thrilled to be directing Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Matt Reeves is thrilled to be directing Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Director Matt Reeves has promised an evolution in the special effects in the sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

The Cloverfield director has been working with Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Toby Kebbell on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and revealed he drafted in Cirque du Soleil actor Terry Notary to train all the actors to move like apes.

Matt told "In the last movie there were a lot of things the apes couldn't do as performers, physically, so they animated them. It's amazing but some of that stuff isn't totally believable. You accept it. One of the things in the pursuit to make this as realistic as possible in addition to going on location in the light for a higher level of realism, is to see the movement of the ape stunt performers, not animated. The stunt performers trained themselves to move like apes. What they are performing is all real and when you see it translated it will not look animated.

"And I wanted to make sure to bring to the human characters the same level of emotional depth as the apes. I can't give too much away, I'm hiding a little bit."

The latest film is set 15 years after the events of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, with most of humanity wiped out and the apes ruling the world.

Matt confessed: "I was obsessed with Planet Of The Apes, as a kid I desperately wanted be a gorilla, to be an ape. And I love what they did with Rise, so emotional. I was not sure they'd want to have me do the movie.

"It has been a whole process: crazy locations are all the result of that story pitch, realising it practically in the forest in Vancouver on a hillside with mo-cap cameras. Are we crazy? Because of it the footage is all the more exciting."

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