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Death Note is a 37-episode anime series based on the manga series of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Death Note is one of the most popular anime series. Anime and Manga lovers all over the globe fan boy over this series. Kira’s willpower and strategic mind in competence with mastermind “L” and his power gives the audience chills.
Anime series are known for stretching for seasons after seasons with hundreds of episodes but this one just had one season. The craziness and fandom didn’t stop there. Last year Netflix came up with a movie based on this series. Everyone was excited what visual effects amazement would we get to see for Ryuk’s character.
Death Note started with a general concept of Shinigamis. But this show had complicated relationships with Shinigamis and the lead roles. Ryuk’s love or as some fans called it lust towards apples made for an interesting storyline. The animation techniques used in this series is not very different from that of what we see in other anime/ manga series.
Ohba’s vision started with creating L’s character anonymous who only contacted the world through his assistant Watari. He didn’t have to recreate the Shinigamis’ appearance but hours were tediously dedicated to form small and peculiar character symphonies.
The legacy of Death Note has been continued in merch, video games and obviously the movie. The film wasn’t released in theatres. Netflix bought the rights of this film and making it exclusively available there. William Dafoe got pretty upset when he heard that the film won’t be released on theatres. According to him, not everyone has a Netflix subscription and they might want to watch the film as well.
The visual effects used in this film were definitely worth the Netflix subscription. Death Note was one of a kind film. A world where the chaser becomes the chase or vice versa, director Ohba said that the film wouldn’t have been possible without visual effects and animation efforts of the post production team.
Death Note is a living example how going for a visual effects course allows you to explore your talents and create content as per your choice.
Baahubali- The Beginning is that finest piece of Indian Cinema which cannot be forgotten in the years to come. This movie has set an example in the field of VFX and also established itself in the glorious 100 years of Indian Cinema. This part of the world will never forget this beautiful and extraordinary work of fiction by S.S.Rajamouli. In fact, there are some important facts about the VFX used in this movie, which are;
- The kind of VFX software used in this movie cannot be explained in words. The team which has made this movie possible was also a part of a recent Hollywood movie “The Jurassic World”. National award winner V.Srinivas Mohan along with the team of The Jurassic World has delivered such a masterpiece.
- This is the first Indian movie, where 90% of the shots were created by CGI and VFX software. Around 4500 shots were a part of the VFX creation. Before this historical fiction movie, we have never witnessed such a work where the VFX has been used in such a big way.
- The pre-production work of Baahubali took almost one year. This was the first Indian movie, which took such a long period to plan all the VFX works. We can definitely imagine the efforts and hard work put in by the VFX team.
- It took around two years in creating the epic waterfall scene of the movie. A huge credit goes to Makuta for the creation of an enigmatic waterfall with the help of some technical aspects of Simulation and Fluid Dynamics in an advanced way to make it look real on the screen. In fact, the Mahismati palace, mountains and other background objects were the creation of Makuta with the help of different types of VFX in a more intricate manner.
- Baahubali- The Beginning has become a cult film of the Indian film industry. It took 800 plus VFX crew to produce such an extraordinary and innovative visual effects on the screen. Almost 850 crores have been spent alone in the creation of VFX of this movie.
- Last but not the least, Baahubali is the first Indian movie to be covered on BBC channel in a documentary called 100 years of Indian cinema, before it hit the theatre.
We cannot stop thanking the whole VFX crew and the director S.S.Rajamouli for giving us such a unique masterpiece which has made the whole Indian film industry proud. In fact, this movie has made VFX techniques so popular among the students in such a way, that many career aspirants are taking up formal VFX training from different institutes.