Josh Rottenberg
April 13, 2011 AT 07:09 PM EDT

Earlier this week, WETA Digital, the special-effects team behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar, released a four-second clip of a shifty-eyed chimp as a teaser for this summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Today, they pulled back the curtain a little more. WETA Digital hosted a livestream event from their New Zealand headquarters to offer a look at the cutting-edge effects work that’s gone into the reboot the classic sci-fi franchise. WETA’s Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon were joined for the discussion by actor Andy Serkis, who is providing the motion-capture performance for the film’s main primate character, a superintelligent chimpanzee named Caesar who begins as a experimental test subject under the care of an Alzheimer’s researcher (James Franco) and ends up leading a simian revolution. Tomorrow, Fox will release the first trailer for the film, which opens Aug. 5. For now, you can watch the chat here (it’s being rebroadcast on a loop):

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