Karin Konoval, Exclusive Nova Clip, Interview. War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes Film Details
Director: Matt Reeves
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Release Format: Cinemas
MPAA Rating: Pending
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Running Time: —
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
1. Karin Konoval Interview
Editor’s note: Ali Vela, DecayMag Content Contributor interviewed Karin Konoval for our latest podcast episode. The interview was brief however Konoval graciously answer the remaining questions via email. Konoval’s interview segment on our podcast begins at the 83:58-time stamp.
DecayMag: The Planet Of The Ape’s franchise, of course, uses revolutionary technology, WETA. How was the experience working with this technology? Does the technology emulate the actual reactions from its real life source? Are you surprised at the final product when you view it for the first time at the film’s premiere?
Karin Konoval: Weta Digital uses performance capture technology to capture every nuance of our performances as the ape characters. The challenge for me as an actor is first and foremost to portray the character of Maurice in all of his physical and psychological integrity – much the same as I would portray any other character on film, except of course playing a mature male orangutan asks a much larger skill set from me as an actor than other roles do!
So it’s a wonderful experience to view the finished film, but I also recognize/remember every moment of my performance as Maurice, because it IS my performance.
As far as working with the technology is concerned, all that requires, in particular, is to wear the gray suit, the body wires, the face dots, and the helmet with face camera – and then get on with the full performance of the role, which Weta Digital then captures meticulously. The whole point of performance capture is exactly as it sounds: to fully capture and translate my exact performance in every detail.
DecayMag: Based on the new trailer for War for the Planet, we see Maurice being responsible almost for a little girl named Nova. Can you speak on the relationship between Maurice and Nova?
Karin Konoval: This is a question I don’t feel at liberty to reveal too much about just yet! I’ll just say it’s a very special relationship and a significant development for Maurice as a character.
DecayMag: How much fun was it to act as a character that is not human?!
Karin Konoval: Playing Maurice is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles as an actor I’ve ever had!
2. Trailer First Impressions
A special release from FOX dropped this morning which features a heartwarming clip from War for the Planet of the Apes! The clip introduces us to Nova, a child who found by Caesar and Maurice. In an instant there is a connection between Maurice and Nova which he takes upon himself to care for the child, taking away her loneliness and fear. The other apes bond with young Nova as well and she is, as Caesar says, “…one of us. Apes-together-strong.”
I am impressed by actress Amiah Miller’s wide-eyed captivating performance that shows innocence and adjustment. I’m curious to know her story and what happened. Touched by the relationship she forms with the apes, I can only describe Nova as a beautiful soul that touches those who come in contact with her. Her character adds a peaceful, innocent element to War for the Planet of the Apes.