While we do love concept art that gives us an alternate universe version of movies, it's incredibly fascinating to see how final, approved concept art translates from a simple illustration to a scene on film. Compare these gorgeous Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept pieces to images from the movie itself.

Production designer James Chinlund has posted a massive collection of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art, showing how many of the set pieces when from illustration to construction to film. It's not only a neat peek at the film process; it also shows how important practical effects and sets were to the movie's final look, something Chinlund emphasized when he spoke to us about the film's design:

We built a tremendous amount of the world you see on screen. Matt was deeply motivated to deliver an epic world with a grounded reality. We spent a tremendous amount of energy trying to bring truth to the story. The work WETA has done to create such amazing, hyperreal characters, raised the bar for us as an Art Department to deliver a world that was equally as rich. WETA was excited about bringing motion capture out into the real world and we certainly did our best to provide a richly textured environment for them to play in. In the end, it is really a groundbreaking film in that motion capture is officially out of the box and into the real world!

Our Art Department was composed of an incredible complement of talent. One of the things I am most proud of is how we achieved a blend between traditional techniques, like physical modelmaking and traditional drafting, and the most cutting edge forms of 3D modeling and previz. The Art Department and Visual Effects were lockstep all through prep and into post, and I believe in the end that is why the film is so successful visually. We prepared a complete plan, that went deep into the virtual world, and this really helped accelerate the final phase for WETA and the post team.

Check out these concept images along with actual set and screenshots of the film.

Below: Illustration by Nathaniel West.

Below: Illustration by Jamie Jones.

Below: Illustration by James Jones.

Below: Illustration by Vance Kovacs.

Below: Model by Brett Phillips, Illustration by Nathan Schroeder.

Below: Illustration by Jaime Jones.

Below: Set Design by Nick Cross:

Below: Illustration by Nathaneil West.

Below: Illustration by Nathaniel West.

Below: Illustration by Nathan Schroeder.

Below: Illustration by Nathan Schroeder.

Below: Illustration by Jaime Jones.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 2014 [James Chinlund]