Apes Evolution

Excursion to the Planet of the Apes

A Day of Interactive Experiences, Workshops, and Planet of the Apes History at USC

The University of Southern California once again welcomed Planet of the Apes for a second fiftieth anniversary event--this time, celebrating the classic roots and modern innovations of the franchise’s filmmaking history.

The Excursion to the Planet of the Apes, hosted by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, invited students and Apes fans to experience an interactive cinematic showcase. Visitors got the chance to join Caesar’s rebellion as an ape fighting for freedom in Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR. From there, perhaps dabble in a vintage Planet of the Apes Monopoly tournament, while pausing to watch exclusive screenings of Apes films, the TV series, and classic cartoon shows.

To inspire new generations of performers taking part in the legacy of this franchise, SCA students also got the chance to take in-depth apes acting workshops led by Planet of the Apes actors Terry Notary and Karin Konoval. In each of the workshops, students learned not only how to act like an ape, but discovered the keys to delivering the kinds of performances that made the modern apes like Caesar, Maurice, and Rocket so captivating on screen.

Take part in all stages of the event by watching the exclusive recap below!

Dive deeper into our interactive event by watching Part 2 below!