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Check Out How 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Used These Tech Innovations

They've made the fur looks so, well, furry!
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jun 30, 2017
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Director Matt Reeves continues to impress with the fourth official trailer of War for Planet of the Apes.

The third installment in the reboot series of the sci-fi franchise has the apes and humans embroiled in a war for survival, with Caesar (Andy Serkis), Colonel (Woody Harrelson), and Bad Ape (Steve Hahn) at the forefront of all the turmoil.

The team behind War for Planet of the Apes really pushed the envelope this time around by employing a more sophisticated form of motion capture technology.


Visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon explains, "We had to take a process already considered very sensitive and carefully calibrate it into areas with sub-freezing temperatures and snow flurries. It's exciting, because we’ve opened up the possibility that you can use performance capture anywhere, interacting with any environment and still have full confidence that you've captured every nuance an actor is bringing."

Performance capture isn't the only tech concept that the film uses to enhance the viewer experience. Below are some of the other innovations the filmmakers took advantage of.

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Wonder why the jungle backdrop seems genuinely lush?

Organic forest growth software 'Totara.' The simulation tool depicts authentic changes in vegetation. Basically, "new growth is red, then leaves turn green and naturally brown as they decay."

Wonder why the primates look furry AF?

Advanced fur system. The VFX team focused on hair behavior and density, particularly with "how snow sticks to fur, clumps on it, falls off and reacts as the apes walk through snowy environments."

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Wonder why expression on the ape's faces could scare even the burliest of men?

Manuka physLight toolset. The camera work features advanced recognition and responsiveness to light, thus being "able to light the apes similarly to how a Director of Photography would light a specific subject."

Wonder why that cold landslide makes your heart race?

CG avalanche. Weta put in extra hours in recreating a natural catastrophe, even "studying the physics of fluid dynamics to accurately recreate clouds of snow rocketing down a mountain."

War for the Planet of the Apes opens July 12 


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