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Director Matt Reeves on the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

18 LOUISIANA FILM & VIDEO MAGAZINE

ISSUE THREE 2014

and the rain.” “Being able to record the performance capture on location and working with all the other actors means you have a more coherent performance,” said Joe Letteri, senior visual effects supervisor. “Everyone is in the moment together. And that’s really what we were trying to do with the new technology we developed.” Letteri noted that this groundbreaking technology must always be in the service of the story and the performances. This worked seamlessly for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes where it’s obvious the movie is not about the cool VFX shots but the carefully crafted and compelling story; likewise, the film did not want to focus on an apocalypse but rather survival. “There is a sense in the beginning of the story that apes have inherited the Earth,” said director Matt Reeves. “A small group of humans is struggling to come back from devastation, and the apes are

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