Two years ago, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” won the top prize at the Visual Effect Society. However, it was bested in the Visual Effects race at the Oscars by “Hugo,” which had taken the supporting award at the VES kudos. Up to that point, seven of the nine VES winners of Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-driven Film had repeated at the Academy Awards. Since then, the two VES champs — “Life of Pi” and “Gravity” — have also claimed Oscars.
Will the hugely successful sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” be a roaring success with the Oscars?
The sequel is expected to take in at least $70 million for its opening weekend, boosted by a slew of good reviews. It scored an impressive 86 among the top tier of scribes at Rotten Tomatoes and 79 at Metacritic. Among its already-screened Oscar competition for Best Visual Effects, “Godzilla” came in at 67 (RT) and 62 (MC) while the fourth “Transformers” film merited a mere 5 at RT and 32 at MC.
Three of the four Oscar-nominated visual effects whizzes who worked on “Rise” have reassembled for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” including four-time Oscar champ Joe Letteri (“Lord of the Rings: Two Towers” and “Return of the King,” “King Kong” and “Avatar”), Dan Lemmon and Daniel Barrett.
Take a look at the trailer below which showcases the skills of these men behind the look of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”