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Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary

Legacy Panel at USC

On February 9, following a screening of the original film, seven of the creative minds responsible for the Planet of the Apes series, gathered on stage at the USC School of Cinematic Arts to discuss the fifty-year history of the franchise and its impact on filmmaking and popular culture. Hosted by Alessandro Ago for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Panel speakers included:

  • Art Director William Creber, Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Make-up artist Dan Striepeke, Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Producer Dylan Clark, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
  • Director Rupert Wyatt, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  • Director Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
  • Writer and Producer Rick Jaffa, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
  • VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Q&A with Classic Planet of the Apes Actors and Make-up Artists

Thanks to our friends at Skywalking Through Neverland, we present the full Classic Apes Actors and Make-Up Artists Q&A from the February 28 double-feature screening of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Panel speakers included:

  • Don Murray ("Breck," Conquest of the Planet of the Apes)
  • France Nuyen ("Alma," Battle for the Planet of the Apes)
  • Bobby Porter ("Cornelius," Battle for the Planet of the Apes)
  • Austin Stoker ("Bruce MacDonald," Battle for the Planet of the Apes)
  • Makeup Artist Tom Burman (Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes)

Designing the Planet of the Apes Panel at USC

Following a screening of Planet of the Apes (2001) on March 28, USC presented the "Designing the Planet of the Apes" panel featuring 7-time Academy Award-winning Makeup Artist (and god among men) Rick Baker.

Panel speakers included:

  • Creature Make-up Creator Rick Baker
  • Sculpter Jeff G. Rack
  • Ape actor Isaac Singleton, Jr. ("Limbo's 2nd Handler / 1st Ape Soldier")

Business of Planet of the Apes at USC

Following an excellent screening of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) at USC, we were thrilled to participate in the "Business of the Planet of the Apes" panel.

Panel speakers included:

  • Roger Alford, Webmaster of TheForbiddenZone.net
  • Schawn Belston, EVP of Media and Library Services, 20th Century Fox
  • Gary Gerani, Author of Planet of the Apes: The Original Topps Trading Card Series
  • Dafna Pleban, POTA Comics Editor at BOOM! Studios
  • Steve Tzirlin, VP, Creative Content - Franchise Management, 20th Century Fox

MORE TO COME...