20th Century Fox have released this behind-the-scenes ‘WETA Digital’ featurette which gives us a look into the creation and inner workings of the apes in Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi drama ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’ I was fortunate enough to attend a press screening for the film last week, I’m thankful to say that the film is fantastic! ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ arrives in cinemas August 5th in the US and August 11th in the UK. The film stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine, Brian Cox and Andy Serkis.

An origin story in the true sense of the word, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is set in present day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale — a science fiction/science-fact blend where mankind’s hubris leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Oscar(R)-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for “Avatar” – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.