Clipping Weta VFX on Dawn of the Apes

Watch a new featurette from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11) that shows how Weta Digital has taken a “quantum leap” in its Oscar-winning performance capture technology.

Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) wanted to push the photo-realism for his Apes sequel by shooting outdoors in natural light, which meant that Weta had to adjust its methodology to work in a less controlled environment in Muir Woods (led by senior VFX supervisor Joe Letteri and VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon).

Plus they shot natively in 3-D, which was a further challenge that required placing a dozen mocap cameras to capture all of the necessary detail. Better cameras, markers, and simulation for hair, skin, and moisture were also improved to make the apes seem much more photo-realistic.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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