War for the Planet of the Apes

Directed by Matt Reeves

Duration: Previs Team US – 10 months; Previs Team BC – 6 months; Postvis Team – 9 months and still going…

HALON reunited with our Dawn of the Planet of the Apes collaborator, director Matt Reeves, for War for the Planet of the Apes utilizing previs very early in the production process. Working closely with Reeves, we planned a number of huge sequences for the film. We developed proprietary tools and pipelines to render our previs on the Unreal Engine, which provided for more realistic lighting, dynamic effects and an overall higher level of visual polish, which translated to a more effective means of communicating the Reeves’ ideas to the production.


Our efforts continued on-set where we provided rapid turnaround previs and techvis to assist the production as needed. In post-production, we generated postvis for several hundred shots in the film, working closely with editorial and WETA to ensure a unified look and level of polish. Throughout, we have used just about every tool in our creative arsenal: using both keyframe and both in-house and WETA motion capture in order to tell Matt Reeves’ epic story.


Our contribution past the postvis phase, and our team came full-circle completing finals for many of our previs and postvis shots.
Halon Team Credits

Previs & Postvis Supervisor

AJ Briones


Previs Lead – Vancouver Team

Andrew Moffett


Previs & Postvis Lead – LA Team

Casey Pyke


Previs Team – US 10 months 

Aaron Aikman

Buffy Bailey

Alexandra Prescott Barlow

Zac Cavaliero

Alex Chiles

Jason Choi

Kenny DiGiordano

Ingolfur Gudmundsson

Christina Hall

Nathan Hopkins

Spencer Kelsey

Brian Magner

Jess Marley

Andre Mercier

Todd Patterson

Ben Shupe

Travis Yee

Jerry Zigounakis


Previs Team – BC 6 months 

Jason Chee

Daniel Gerlitz

Sharon Huang

Patrick McNabb

Will Seaborn


Postvis Team: 9 mos and still going…

Aaron Aikman

Buffy Bailey

Alexandra Barlow

Kenny DiGiordano

Spencer Kelsey

Vicki Lau

Brian Magner

Jess Marley

Andrew Moffett

Jenny Park

Kyoung Kay Park

Todd Patterson

Melissa Quintas

Clint G. Reagan

Ron Rhee

Ben Shupe

Tefft Smith II

Kristin Marie Turnipseed

Zachary Wong


Production Assistant

Taylor Finan



Patrice Avery