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Behind the scenes of Kong: the Skull Island

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King Kong franchise was back in 2017 with Kong: the skull island. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, and Derek Connolly from a story by John Gatins; the film was nominated for various visual effects society awards. Kong is a mythical, compelling character with massive history.

In order to bring Kong to life a lot of old-school and new-school methods were utilized. Right from formatting the animated scenes with miniatures to using hell amount of CGI in the backgrounds this film is a complete product of visual effects.

Enunciating sentiments towards a character like Kong was cemented with lot of work. The scene where Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson are standing on a cliff was a very warm moment for us to know Kong. ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), the studio that created the visual effects for this film and may others said that working on Kong was a whole level of different experience.

They used a couple of particular things which were exclusively used in the post production. They used this tool called CineView, which was developed at ILM. It was very assertive to place the physical characteristics of Kong with the backdrop.

Most of the technical department went nuts on the hair. If you ever learn animation and VFX then it would come to you that the most exhausting aspect of designing an animal is the detailing of its hair. Especially at the end, when he’s fighting the Skullcrawler. That was just displacing massive amounts of water. There was a lot of artful carving of the water to get it to move aside.

So once the water simulations came to an end, then the hair dressing came into play. The thing which most of the audience doesn’t get is that visual effects and CGI manipulation is done in so many different ways; every scene demands something different all the time. A lot of people enrolled in visual effects courses compare Godzilla with Kong. It cannot be completely criticized because a lot of the dimensions are similar whereas Godzilla evolved with time but Kong has been pretty up to date.

Kong: the skull island required animation in the initial stage before visual effects could have been done. The nominations for visual effects awards were well earned.


Top 3 latest Indian films with great VFX work

Dhoom: 3

Dhoom 3 is a 2013 Indian action thriller film written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra. The third installment of the Dhoom series, it features Aamir Khan as the antagonist and Katrina Kaif, with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role reprising his role of ACP Jai Dixit and Uday Chopra reprising his role as Ali Akbar, as in the previous films of the franchise. A bigger surprise than Aamir Khan’s double-role in this Yash Raj thriller was the fact that almost all the action scenes were shot with extensive help from the visual effects department. From Aamir running down the bank wall to Abhishek Bachchan twirling an auto rickshaw in mid-air, VFX was employed to shoot all the thrilling scenes.

Chennai Express

Chennai Express is a 2013 Indian romantic action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by Gauri Khan for Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles; it is the second collaboration between Khan and Padukone. Psst! Here’s a secret about Chennai Express…the train never left the studio. Chennai Express was shot indoors in a virtual environment. All the outdoor shots were created through VFX technology. Be it Shahrukh jumping out of a moving train, or standing with a burning shop behind him, all scenes were created with the help of the visual effects team.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Based on the life of the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, this movie owes a lot to its special effects artists. A team of over fifty artists delivered over 150 shots of VFX covering the Commonwealth Games and the events held in Tokyo & Rome. The team created CGI of crowds in the stadium and Milkha Singh receiving the award in black and white. Again, Tata Elxsi’s Visual Computing Labs were behind the scenes in this project. This set a bar in terms of VFX for films. You can also learn to do the same by taking up a VFX course.

Top 3 job opportunities for an animator

Animators create films for production companies, major animation studios and computer games companies. Typical responsibilities of the job include: working creatively to produce original and aesthetically pleasing designs and solutions, using specialist computer generation software such as Maya, Flash and After Effects, presenting designs to customers for evaluation, promoting and running the business. Here are top 3 job opportunities that you will receive after you learn animation.

  1. 3D modelers

3D modelers create characters and environments for video games and 3D movies as well as images and modeling for websites, graphic designs, animation, film effects, simulations, broadcast design, special effects, characters and props for film, television effects, CD-Rom design, and location-based entertainment. These multi-talented professionals also create images/models for geologists, architects, scientists, engineers, healthcare agencies, and more.

  1. Art Director

Art directors develop design concepts and review material that will appear in digital media, newspapers, advertisements, books, magazines, and more. They control the overall visual direction of a project in industries from advertising and public relations to web design. Art direction requires years of experience, advanced technical skills, and advanced knowledge in the areas of art and management.


  1. Character Animator

Character animators create and design characters using animation software, 3D modeling, 2D animations, and even puppetry. These creative professionals develop characters that use movement to tell a story, whether it’s for film, television, video games or mobile applications.


If you wish to enter into the creative world of animation and work into these highly influential jobs then it is suggested that you start looking for animation courses that suit your requirements. Kolkata is the creative capital of India and you can very easily find an animation institute that will fulfill your requirements.