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Weta VFX guru Dan Lemmon on Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Dan Lemmon Weta Digital's Dan Lemmon arrives at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.


My review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes was an impressive film. The apes were more convincing and I think CGI has improved a lot over the past few years. The speed of improvement in technology is very drastic actually and it will be interesting to see how technology extends. In the film the features of the apes look very close to real as CGI can get. I know this because in Maya it is difficult to make a mesh look realistic. Even after getting the shapes and sizes right the texture needs to look as realistic as possible. The features of the apes such as their eyes and fur don’t look synthetic, they seem almost real but you know that no such thing as a talking ape exists so it must be CGI. Otherwise if we did have talking apes in the world then I think that people might not even be able to tell the different between CGI apes and real apes. I haven’t used hair texture’s on any Maya models. I do hope to in the third year.

Motion Capture Tech: performance capture tech, more portable, more flexible, intrusive on the live action. Always trying to get more detail and performance into the skin, eyes and the fur.

Impressive scene: Buck and Reese are on the streets with the car. A street in Vancouver that was double for a street in San Fransisco. Film the performance and take a shot of the background to use as backplate (exactly what we did on this module).


Kurt Williams Visual Effects Supervisor


A visual effects producer and sometimes supervisor for films: The Incredible Hulk (2008), Fantastic Four (2005), Scooby-Doo (2002), The X Files (1998), Batman Forever (1995), etc. Co-/Producer for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), X-Men: Last Stand (2006) – IMDB.

Fantastic Four: Stretching of Mr. Fantastic and the fire effects of The Human Torch are among the trickiest and most costly to translate into reality. Williams office walls filled with concept art revealing the looks of each character. Marvels comics were used to translate the special effects that would be appropriate for the film.


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