Visual Effects or VFX is the art of combining Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) that is photo realistic with live action. It involves the creation of seamless visuals that would be otherwise impossible to bring to life with the help of a camera. Furthermore, the technique also involves the beautification or enhancement of live-action camera shots.
In order for the finished product to be a captivating cinematic experience, its VFX has to undergo multiple stages of development. The most crucial stage is, without doubt, the pre-visualisation of the creative idea put forth by the director. A significant amount of effort and time goes into creating designs and concepts before initiating production. Subject to the concept that has received the final go-ahead, live components may or may not be a part of the production stage. If the process involved props or actors shot in green or blue chroma, they will have to go through the process of Keying or Rotoscopy. This isolates each of the props or characters so as to gain control of each object, layer or character in the background, mid-ground or foreground.
The VFX industry in India has been enjoying an accelerated rate of growth in the past few years. In addition to complementing the domestic Media and Entertainment sector, the Indian VFX companies also cater to some of the biggest studios in the world. As per the FICCI EY M&E report of 2018, by 2020, this vertical is expected to be valued at INR 63.5 billion.
The following trends noticeable in India with relation to the VFX industry only promises a very bright future for the domain –
VFX comprises of a plethora of softwares
Before moving to software, one must be mindful of the age-old adage within the industry – it is not the software that makes the VFX artist but the other way around. Individuals who hope to make their names in this vertical must acquire the indispensable skills of
Some of the most popular software for VFX includes
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