Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Fox and Vice have teamed for an interesting project: three short films which act as prequels to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Collectively called Before the Dawn, these shorts explore the time between the end of the last film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the ten years in which the so-called Simian Flu devastated the human population. Each takes place at a different point in the timeline, marking one, five, and ten-year points in the pandemic. All three Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prequel shorts are below, along with a trailer for a related documentary.
Spread of Simian Flu: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 1)
Directed by Isaiah Seret.
Amidst a widespread viral outbreak known as the ‘Simian Flu’, a mother is quarantined after testing positive for the virus, leaving her husband and daughter to fend for themselves.
Struggling to Survive: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 5)
Directed by Daniel Thron.
Five years after the Simian Flu all but wiped out humanity, an orphaned teenage girl survives by bartering things she has stolen from dead people’s homes.
Story of the Gun: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 10)
Directed by “thirty-two.”
Follow the journey of a shotgun through the hands of several ill-fated owners as the ‘Simian Flu’ ravages the world around them.
Finally, there’s this trailer for Island of the Apes, a documentary that fits more in the typical Vice filmmaking mold. In this film, which premieres online tomorrow, July 2, “a crew goes to Liberia to discover “Monkey Island,” a place solely inhabited by former lab-tested chimpanzees. We talk to the fearful locals and meet the scientists involved in the testing facility 25 years ago.” See the film tomorrow on Vice.