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Watch the apes of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes come to life in split-screen video

While the human actors of the modern Planet Of The Apes franchise do an admirable job, it’s the actors providing the motion-capture performance that bring the films’ apes to life. They are the real stars of the films.

With Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes hitting theaters July 11, anticipation is high for the follow-up to 2011’s surprise hit, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. And with much of the mo-cap cast reprising their roles for the film, many of the pieces are in place for yet another entertaining peek at the origins of an alternate world in which apes rule and humanity has been subjugated.

A new video released by the studio offers a fascinating — if brief — look behind the curtain at how some of the amazing mo-cap performances in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes are brought to the screen. Featuring mo-cap artist extraordinaire Andy Serkis, who reprises his role as alpha-ape Caesar, as well as Toby Kebbell and Karin Konoval, the split-screen video offers an interesting look at the performance happening in front of the camera and how it’s digitally translated on the screen.

Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes continues the story of the apes’ ascension to the world’s dominant species, and it unfolds nearly a decade after the events of the previous film. Along with a cast of talented mo-cap actors, the film also features human characters played by Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, and Judy Greer. 

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