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Coco is an upcoming 2017 American computer-animated musical film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, it is being directed by Unkrich, and co-directed and written by Adrian Molina. It is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2017. The Pixar team made several trips to Mexico to help define the characters and story of Coco.
More than 21,000 people signed a petition on Change.org stating that the trademark was “cultural appropriation and exploitation at its worst.” A week later, Disney cancelled its attempt, with the official statement saying that the “trademark filing was intended to protect any title for our film and related activities. It has since been determined that the title of the film will change, and therefore we are withdrawing our trademark filing. These events kept the film very much in news.
Movies, always the realm of fantasy, are now further removed from reality than ever. Pixar has been fairly quiet about their upcoming film Coco. The film was first announced way back in 2012 as an untitled picture about Dia de los Muertos, and in the years since, we really only learned that it would be directed by Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich and that the movie was entitled “Coco”. Granted, it takes a long time for these movies to move through development, but the studio has been surprisingly quiet on their sole non-sequel.
Also, if you’re worried that Pixar is just co-opting Mexican culture to make a quick buck, fear not. The studio invested in heavily to make sure that they were respectful and inclusive according to Vanity Fair. While we’re still a ways off from Coco, and we’ll have to get through Cars 3 to get there, for me, it’s the most exciting film Pixar is working on right now because it’s not a sequel. I’m curious about Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2, but Coco promises to give audiences something new from the studio, and I can’t wait to see what it is.
The VFX of this film has been equally controversial as the other production stuff. A number of visual effects courses are going to include the visual effects work of this film into their curriculum.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. The film backed the visual effects societies’ award for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature”.
The stop motion work in that scene has indeed inspired several filmmakers to craft their own fantastical fight scenes, and the latest is Tim Burton with his climactic skeleton versus hollowgasts battle in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The film had marvelous VFX with extraordinary shots that shook the audience to the very core.
In the film, the ‘peculiar’ children have raised a sunken cruise ship. The skeletons of the dead passengers and crew—submerged underwater for 70 years—emerge to fight a raft of invisible monsters called hollowgasts at Blackpool Pier amidst the amusement rides there. Visual effects studio Double Negative, under production VFX supervisor Frazer Churchill, brought the skeleton sequence to life, at first attempting to create a stop motion Harryhausen-inspired look, but ultimately switching to a more modern animation style.
Double Negative was charged with designing the look of the skeletons. The skeleton’s clothes were crafted to appear rotten and covered in barnacles, and they fight with whatever props they have found in the dining room or on the decks of the cruise ship. Principal photography for the skeleton sequence was filmed at Longcross Studios in the U.K., based on previs by The Third Floor. There were no costumed skeletons or hollowgasts on set, so stand-ins and stunt performers wearing gray tracking suits or blue screen suits were utilized for the shoot.
Stunt performers wore gray tracking markered suits as stand-ins for the skeletons. The purpose of the gray tracking suits for the skeleton performers was for video reference only, with motion capture shot later. The compositing challenges continued for the entire environment. Although blue screens had been employed at the Longcross Studios, they only went up so far and Double Negative had to clean up a tree line and background structures, in addition to the complex paint and rotoscoping work for the plates.
It’s the visual effects artist who adds the magic to scenes and makes them with the eye. Visual effects help us to completely change how we perceive a scene. It might be difficult to realise that by just watching the movie but it would not have anything special or pleasant if there were no visual effects in the scene. The visual effect artists work really hard to get it straight and bring the film to its presentable format. There are so many visual effects artists who work day and night to produce the best film in front of you. Here the top 10 visual effects artists present in Hollywood.
- John Nelson
John Nelson is a Visual effects supervisor and a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan. He won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 73rd Academy Awards, for his work on the film Gladiator. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for supervising the visual effects in the films I, Robot and Iron Man.
- Chris Lawrence
Chris Lawrence is a renowned visual effects supervisor. Lawrence and his fellow visual effects artists received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for the 2013 film Gravity. In 2016, Lawrence received his second Academy Award nomination for his work on the film The Martian at the 88th Academy Awards.
- Kevin Mack
Mack has stood out as an extraordinary visual effects artist of our generation. He won at the 71st Academy Awards in the category of Best Visual Effects for his work on What Dreams May Come. He shared his Oscar with Nicholas Brooks, Joel Hynek and Stuart Robertson.
- Douglas Trumbull
He is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor. He contributed to, or was responsible for, the special photographic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner and The Tree of Life, and directed the movies such as Silent running and Brainstorm.
- Gregory Jein
Greg Jein is a Chinese American model designer who creates miniatures for use in the special effects portions of many films and television series. He has been doing so since the 1970s. Jein has twice been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and 1941 (1979).
- John Evans
Evans is an acknowledged special effects artist. He was nominated in the 52nd Academy awards in the category of Best Visual Effects. He was nominated for his work on the film Moonraker, which he shared with Paul Wilson. He has by far worked on 40 films which include 5 James Bond films, batman and Gladiator.
- Derek Meddings
Meddings was a British film and television special effects designer, initially noted for his work on the “Supermarionation” TV puppet series produced by Gerry Anderson, and later for the 1970s and 1980s James Bond and Superman film series. Hollywood always remembers Meddings as an excellent visual effects artist.
- D. Flowers
Flowers was an American special effects artist who was perhaps best known for his work on Tora! Tora! Tora! for which he won an Academy Award as well. He was born in Texas, but raised in Oklahoma. After high school, he went to California. There he obtained a job at MGM Studios as a “studio handyman”. He served in the US Navy in World War II on the USS Saranac (AO-74) in the Pacific War. After being discharged from the service he stayed in California and went back to work with a Hollywood studio. He died at age 84 of complications of emphysema and pneumonia.
- John Charles Dykstra
John Dykstra is an American special effects artist, pioneer in the development of the use of computers in filmmaking and recipient of three Academy Awards, among many other awards and prizes. He was one of the original founders of Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects and computer graphics division of Lucasfilm. He is well known as the special effects lead on the original Star Wars, helping bring the original visuals for light sabers, space battles between X-wings and TIE fighters, and Force powers to the screen. He also led special effects on many other movies, including Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Stuart Little, X-Men: First Class, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2.
- Richard Yuricich
Richard Yuricich is a three time Academy Award nominated special effects artist. His brother Matthew Yuricich was a special effects artist as well. He has shown outstanding work in many films and received positive critical acclaim across the globe as well.
If you want a successful career in visual effects and if you also dream of becoming a VFX artist, it’s no toughie. All you need to do is take up a good animation course and master the skill of visual effects. Doing that even you can get a hand in this field and succeed simultaneously.
Indian movies are viewed on a global scale and are vividly popular in many corners of this globe. Usage of VFX is no new thing and there are many Bollywood movies that are remembered for their VFX inculcation in them. Visual effects play a significant role in film-making. Often times, the locations you see in the movies are actually green background scenes. There are many inputs that can’t be added to the film without the VFX element in them. Here are the top 3 films that we remember for its VFX effects.
Although adopted from a south Indian movie, this movie had some exceptional VFX input in it. We find that this movie had some exceptional effects inculcated in it. There are numerous scenes where only a plain green screen is present in the backdrop rather than the supernatural elements like Alps, mountains, rivers, hilly locations etc. All that didn’t exist in reality. In most of the Bollywood movies, the locations that we drool over so much aren’t even there in reality. Most of the scenes were performed on ground and all that was present in real was green and blue screens in the back
I’m sure we all remember the Salman Khan thriller film which brought us to astonishment with his stunts. It is to be understood that most of them weren’t even real and the results if VFX. The scene where he crosses the railway track with such ease in front of the train is designed by VFX effects. There was no train in reality at all, it was just a green screen behind the actor and rest is the magic of VFX effects. VFX manipulates a scene completely and helps us to design it the way we’d want to do it.
This film has some extraordinary VFX effects specialized in it. All the gaming stunts and effects that we see in the film are a result of the VFX artists. The entire film right from the accident scene, gaming, fighting, and location scenes are all a result of the Visual effects that have been incorporated in the film. All the superhero actions which all the youth drooled for in the film were in actuality done with VFX artist only.
You might be impressed with the magic of VFX. Well, it turns out that it’s no toughie to learn it. All you need to do is take up a good VFX course and master the skill.
The recent movie Chhota Bheem: Himalayan Adventure, from the famous 2D animated series Chhota Bheem has been well appreciated by the viewers. We all know that the character Chhota Bheem is quite famous among the kids and the success of the movie was already on the cards, but the movie was appreciated by the critics as well for the advanced techniques used while developing the animation. Created by Green Gold Animation, there are few facts about the VFX used in this movie which are still unknown. These are:
New Avatars for the characters: The story of the movie is about the journey of Chhota Bheem and his friends to the Himalaya. Due to this, all the scenes were created in the snow and the animators had to recreate all the characters in a new avatar.
Like for the first time, they had to create Chhota Bheem in full clothes with cardigans, muffler, socks etc. and his female friends were seen in highlighted makeup in winter wears. Recreating a well-known character in all new avatars was really a tough job for the animators.
Creating Skiing part in animation: The managing director of Green Gold Animation, Rajiv Chilaka has told in an interview that creating the scenes of skiing were the most difficult part of the movie. Chhota Bheem was shown skiing and also fighting while skiing in this movie. The animators had to learn the skiing sport, in order to create the real action on the screen.
Creation of 3D background: A lot of efforts were also made while creating the 3D background. All the characters were developed in 2D animation, but the background like Himalayan Trees, snow mountains, snowfall and other background environment were created with the help of 3D and CGI effects. In fact, CGI was the reason for the delay in its release, but somehow it managed to make it in the winter.
Number of animators: Around 300 animators worked behind the scenes for the creation of extraordinary effects. These animators really worked hard and gave us this super- advanced piece of animation. They have also set a benchmark in the field of visual effects in India.
These facts have made it clear that Bollywood has improved a lot in technology and a better animated movie with good VFX is just around the corner. If you are intuitive in nature and have the passion towards animation, then you can go for various types of visual effects courses in India.
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.
At present, the world of cinema has changed drastically. Visual effects are now playing the most important role in any cinema. Our very own Indian cinema is not far behind. Most of the time, the gorgeous locations we see on-screen is not the image of a real location. It was created using special effects. Back in the day, the filmmakers used paintings, trick photography to create that imaginary world, but now the thing has changed. Now, VFX comes into action and often the gorgeous background of a scene we see in a movie is created using computer graphics.
Let’s take a look at some of the most famous ‘asli aur nakli dunia’ of B’town movies:
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara
Chandni Chowk to China
Oh My God
Student of the Year
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