Great Job, Internet!: Damn, those are some good-looking monkeys in War For The Planet Of The Apes

Not content to completely embarrass our simian ancestors just by building rocket ships, mobile telephones, and the bulldozers necessary to pave over their homes, humanity now asserts our complete and total mastery of Earth by creating photo-realistic recreations of the silly little monkeys we evolved from.

Witness our power and tremble as War For The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves explains the process of turning real, bipedal actors into believable apes in this video for Vanity Fair.

The long and the short of it? Making the movie’s cast look so good seems like a whole lot of work. (A lot more work than stealing tourist peanuts or learning the sign language for “love,” monkeys.) Actors wear motion-capture suits with cameras pointing at their faces to capture the body language and facial expressions of angry apes, sad apes, and, of course, apes holding shotguns. The animators at visual …

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