By Lanford Beard
Updated July 19, 2011 at 05:23 PM EDT

A new clip came out today previewing some extended scenes from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar, introduced the extended footage, which signals a landmark in motion-capture technology.

See the full clip for the Rupert Wyatt film, in theaters Aug. 5, here.

In the film, Charles Rodman (John Lithgow) and his son Will (James Franco) raise Caesar from a baby and view him as a family member. The technology behind the movie is impressive: In the four-minute clip, you see the human emotion in Caesar’s eyes that ranges from sympathy to rage to remorse when a confrontation with a neighbor turns violent.

For the groundbreaking re-imagining, Wyatt hired New Zealand’s Weta Digital (co-founded by Peter Jackson) to create Caesar’s hyper-realistic look so that it would stand up to the human actors sharing the shot. According to Serkis — who is no stranger to motion capture technology, thanks to his turn as Gollum in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings saga — he was able to perform his role side-by-side with his fellow actors outside of a sound stage in a way that’s never been possible before. As a result, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is told from the perspective of Caesar himself.

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