Episode 59: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Now Playing: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Michael Seresin, BSC

36 minutes | audio


Michael Seresin, BSC, cinematographer

Iain Stasukevich, host

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.

Movie Trailer

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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.

  1. Adi Nugroho

    Been a fan of Michael Seresin’s works since Midnight Express. His craft in Dawn is easily one of his best work and can stand side by side with Midnight. I’ve seen Dawn twice and spectacular is the only word I can use to describe the movie. Thank you so much for the interview. I really wish Michael would go back to the sequel since Matt Reeves has agreed to do it.

    P.S. I found a nice symmetry between this movie and Midnight Express, in that both movies end with dawns breaking. If in Midnight Express the dawn expresses freedom, in Dawn it expresses doom.

    1. rachaelbosley

      Thanks for your comments, Adi. FYI, we also interviewed Seresin about ANGEL HEART, an AC favorite, and we’ll be posting that podcast in the near future.

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