Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Michael Seresin, BSC, Episode #59

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Director of photography Michael Seresin, BSC, discusses the new film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, detailing how he and director Matt Reeves strove to bring “a film aesthetic” to the native 3-D digital production. Among the topics Seresin covers are the challenges presented by the short prep, why he chose Leica lenses, his collaboration with the seasoned visual-effects crew from Weta, and how he matched disparate light in Vancouver and New Orleans.

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About the Film

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finds a growing nation of genetically evolved apes encamped outside San Francisco while humans struggle to survive in the dying metropolis in the wake of a devastating virus. The fragile peace between the species is soon shattered, setting the stage for an epic battle.

The film was directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and shot by Michael Seresin, BSC, whose credits include All Good Things, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Angel Heart and Midnight Express. Seresin also did extensive additional photography on the ASC Award winner Gravity.

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