Set for release on July 11, director Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes picks up the story 10 years after the events of Rupert Wyatt's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. To help fill in the details of what has happened since the simian-flu outbreak, Vice Media’s Motherboard has created three short films, and Greg Keyes has written Firestorm, published by Titan Books.
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 "thirtytwo": The journey of a shotgun through the hands of several ill-fated owners as the "Simian Flu" ravages the world around them.
Cinema Sentries and Titan Books have teamed up to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win Firestorm, the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prequel novel by Greg Keyes, bridging the gap between the sequel and the previous movie. The contest is only open to residents of the continental U.S.