A gap of ten years separates the final scene of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and the exposition of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Three new short films, produced by 20th Century Fox and released on YouTube, allow sci-fi fans to catch up on events during the intervening years.
Following the premiere of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in the US on Tuesday, the studios have presented three short films to promote the sequel.
Each of the videos focuses on a particular point in time (1 year, 5 years and 10 years after the virus is discovered, respectively), to cover the entire period separating the two latest "Planet of the Apes" movies. Helmed by four budding directors --- Isaiah Seret, Daniel Thron and the duo Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace -- the shorts have been released just over a week before "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" arrives in US theaters on July 11.
Fox has carried out a large-scale promotional campaign for the sci-fi action movie over the past several months, including multiple teasers and photos released on Instagram. In addition, the film's official Twitter account (@ApesMovies) has published several making of videos, and a 10-minute B-Roll (a shot in which we see the director call "action" and the actors play out a scene in front of the camera) is also available on YouTube.
This second film in the reboot of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, which was originally adapted from the novel by Pierre Boulle, revolves around a group of humans who have survived a virus epidemic and seek an audience with Caesar, leader of the apes. In spite of the conclusion of a fragile peace treaty, the threat of war between the apes and the humans looms large.
Watch the three short films: