March 28, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, 20th Century Fox, and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

Planet of the Apes (2001)


Directed by Tim Burton
Screenplay by William Broyles Jr.,
Lawrence Konner, and Mark Rosenthal
Produced by Richard D. Zanuck

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Followed by a Q&A, “Designing the Planet of the Apes”,
7-time Academy Award-winning Makeup Artist Rick Baker
and Sculptor Jeff G. Rack

Presented as part of 50 Years of Planet of the Apes
A Visions & Voices Exhibit and Film Retrospective at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

About Planet of the Apes (2001)

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation! Based on Pierre Boulle's classic novel "Planet of the Apes," the premise for this film has become one of the most recognized and provocative concepts in the canon of science fiction literature and cinema. Visionary filmmaker Tim Burton (Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow) has taken Boulle's basic idea and built upon it a uniquely envisioned journey to an incredible upside-down world.

Provided courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Rated PG-13. Running time: 119 minutes.

About the Guests

RICK BAKER - Makeup Artist, Special Makeup Effects Designer And Creator, "Old Ape #2":
Planet of the Apes (2001)

Rick Baker has been an influential force in the creation of creatures and prosthetic makeup for over 40 years. Mentored early in his career by cinema makeup pioneer and innovator Dick Smith, Baker honed his craft contributing to films such as The Exorcist, Live and Let Die, and television’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, for which Baker won an Emmy®. As his reputation grew within the Hollywood community, he pushed the boundaries of traditional makeup effects by transforming David Naughton into a four-legged, ferocious werewolf in An American Werewolf in London. Baker’s ingenious use of prosthetics and puppet effects won him an Academy Award® for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup the debut year of the category.

Garnering a reputation for excellence and resourcefulness, Baker’s assignments became a diverse and iconic collection of creatures, including Harry and the Hendersons, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Gorillas in the Mist, Coming to America, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, Mighty Joe Young and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, to name but a few. In the year 2011, Baker won his seventh Academy Award for his contributions transforming Benicio Del Toro and Sir Anthony Hopkins into werewolves for The Wolfman. He supplied a new population of aliens for Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black III and transformed Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. Baker received the 2485th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Through all of his adventures creating monsters and characters, Baker remains a thoughtful, dedicated artist and devoted family man.

JEFF G. RACK - Sculptor, Planet of the Apes (2001)

Jeff has worked in many different areas of the film and entertainment industry, but is known primarily as an Art Director for films, commercials, and ride-show vehicles, as well as a theatrical Set Designer.

Besides being a sculptor on Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes, Jeff worked at Disney’s in-house EFX company, Dreamquest on Con-Air, Flubber, Mighty Joe Young, Kundun, and as a lead model-maker on Armageddon. He was the Art Director on the cult film, Cyxork VII, as well as The Sci-Fi Boys, a documentary on Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen and Forrest J. Ackerman.  

At Task Research, Jeff was involved in the sculpting and design of the DeLorean car for the Back to the Future Ride for Universal Studios. His other work at Task includes: Disney’s Flying Wing for the Indiana Jones stunt show, Earthquake cars for Universal Studios, the history-making Voyager aircraft, a 2/3 scale P-51 Mustang kit, and a documentary film on the development and construction of a proprietary aircraft for Lockheed.
Jeff is an Ovation award winner for his theatrical design work, and is well known to theaters and theater patrons having designed and built over 150 productions from Santa Barbara to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jeff is also a theater director and producer. This September he will be putting up MARTIANS an Evening with Ray Bradbury, which he co-wrote and adapted from four of Ray’s classic Martian stories. Jeff is also the co-creator of Unbound Productions and its very successful flagship production, Wicked Lit, which does immersive theater in alternative venues, such as cemeteries, mausoleums, and haunted houses.

Jeff teaches Production Design and Set Design at FIDM in Los Angeles.    

About 50 Years of Planet of the Apes Exhibit & Film Retrospective

The USC School of Cinematic Arts has partnered with 20th Century Fox Film to host an exclusive exhibit and retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise titled 50 Years of Planet of the Apes.

A vast collection of props, costumes, photos, posters and artwork from across all iterations of the longstanding franchise will be on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall at USC this spring. The exhibit will be available to visit as a work-in-progress from January 26th - February 8th and all final displays will be open from February 9th through May 13th, 2018. A series of panels and screenings will complement the exhibit, including all feature films from the Planet of the Apes universe.

The exhibit is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 release of the first Planet of the Apes film, the original installment of the still expanding franchise that now includes four sequels, a TV series, an animated series, comic books, merchandise, and 20th Century Fox Film’s highly successful prequel film series Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

50 Years of Planet of the Apes is funded by USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and is free and open to the public. The Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall is located in the lobby of the George Lucas Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M., and Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Produced by Alessandro Ago for the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in collaboration with Sandra Garcia-Myers, and Chris Castelonia for 20th Century Fox Film.

Learn more about the calendar of events at:


Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

This program is generously sponsored by

For more information about upcoming programming and events offered by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, please visit their website.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago