Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Apes Revealed Live Event

WETA Digital, the industry-leading visual effects house behind films such as "Avatar", "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy and "District 9" will host a live streaming event for "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES". On April 13 at 2:30PM PDT and April 14 at 11:30AM Manila Time, Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their work on the film, a reality-based cautionary tale that blends science fiction and science-fact. You can catch a live feed of the event after the jump or watch it live on the Official Facebook Page for "Avatar".

Last year, WETA won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects work in rendering an entire fantasy world in "Avatar". WETA’s work on "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES" presented very different challenges and opportunities. In addition to creating a CG character that gives a performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, WETA is applying some of the technology it developed for "Avatar" to bring to life a real world rules by apes.

Letteri and Lemmon will provide a look into WETA’s process and explain how working on a "Planet of the Apes" film has long been the holy grail of visual effects wizardry and a driving force behind their own careers. In addition, visitors to the livestream event will hear from other "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES" filmmakers including director Rupert Wyatt and actor Andy Serkis, whose nuanced performance is playing a key role in WETA’s rendering of Caesar, the film’s principal ape character. A five-second preview of WETA’s work on RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is available on the film’s official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ApesWillRise

"RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES" opens in theaters everywhere August 5, 2011.
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