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Why is a scene shot with green screen for adding special effects?

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You might have seen in the behind the scenes pictures of numerous films and shows that the unrealistic scenes or dummy are shot with green coloured backgrounds. Have you ever wondered why the background is green and not any other colour such as red, pink, purple or white?

Green is the go-to colour because it is indifferent to nature. It doesn’t match any hair colour, natural skin colour or body part making it easier to edit. In this way, no part of the human body is edited out in the chroma key. However, if a green costume or prop is required the green screen is replaced with a blue screen.

The colour green is pretty odd and stands out. So if the actor is wearing a pink dress in front of a pink background then the chroma key while replacing the background with an image would pick the dress’ colour to replace as well. Green screens are also more commonly used because of the colour green being the highest luminance among all the colour channels (RGB).

Nowadays blue screen is used in place of green screens because blue is a much softer colour. They are easier for chroma-key too.

The shooting of blue screens and green screens differ on the basis of what is in front of the screen. You cannot shoot a green parrot in front of the green screen and similarly, you cannot shoot the blue avatar characters in front of blue screens. Like when they shot Green Lantern or Hulk they definitely used blue screens. It is always good to have options in handy. Use of chroma key is taught to you in visual effects courses.

In post-production studio, VFX artists use chroma-key to edit the screens and replace them with required background and images. The dragons on Game of Thrones are nothing but props with green coloured wraps. They later appear on the screen as dragons carrying the Queen of seven kingdoms.

Now that you know the real reason behind adding the green/blue screens for special effects it is no more confusing why other coloured backdrops are not added.



Black Mirror’s VFX is to break all records

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While the youth can’t stop binge watching TV shows, Netflix released the most anticipated show of all time. Black Mirror is the new hype in the town. It is basically a science fiction anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker, with Charlie and Annabel Jones serving as the program show runners. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.

With the combination satire and anthology, Black Mirror is something that will boggle your mind for sure. A lot of episodes in this series showed some explicitly manipulated scenes. There was this one scene with a giant spider entering the room. That was all done with the CGI effects.

The special effects artists at the Painting Practice, an England-based VFX house, and the London branch of Framestore, this horrific creature makes its appearance halfway through the episode, which takes place in an immersive virtual world designed by a video game company. Not just this but the other scenes are equally mind boggling.

Black mirror has become an epitome in the visual effects industry. All the shackles associated with the visual effects in TV series got destroyed with this show. The trailer for this latest season showed all the important events of past years and its impact.

Critics also agreed that Black Mirror had some kickass work done in the episodes. The show began with a whole dimension on a different level. In addition to that, it needs to be understood that Black Mirror broke all the pre conceived notions that TV shows don’t work enough on visual effects.

A satire like this with production quality like this is sure to create buzz of this extent.

Amazon Obhijaan and its cool VFX story

The makers of Chander Pahar are back with even better production. Last time you only saw lions and elephants but this time there will be anacondas, panthers, crocodiles and a whole jungle at your palms. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s adventure thriller is definitely raising the bar high in terms of VFX in Kolkata.

The film will get you in the mood for a vacation with its location. Dev sets for a hunt of some mysterious treasure into the dense forests of Amazon. His journey is filled with obstacles and out of the world experiences. The post production team of this film has left no stone unturned in making all the wild creatures look perfectly realistic.

SVF Entertainment has always given the best quality output in whatever they put their mind into. Amazon: Obhijaan, their upcoming film has shown large anacondas swirling up the trees and a pack of black panthers chasing the actors. All thanks to the VFX artists who made it possible.  The first look of the film was released on 21st September 2017.

Since then the hype of the film has been very positive. In addition to that, many critics have said that this film will be the biggest work of visual effects that Tollywood has ever seen. Another interesting fact is that this film broke Baahubali’s record of biggest film poster in history of India.

Although this super adventurous thriller is a Bengali film but will be dubbed in multiple languages like Hindi, Odia, Assamese, Tamil and Telegu. The plethora of popularity this film’s visual effects has summoned is outstanding.

People who further wish to work for the Bengali industry can look for inspiration in this film. When the before and after shots are released you can take a look at the pictures and be astonished for yourself. All the action scenes are done with props and in front of green screens. Later the VFX artists with their skills manipulate these scenes and add the extra effects.

If you were wondering about the prospect of visual effects in Kolkata then this film clears all the doubts for you. The demand and opportunity of VFX in Kolkata has boomed to a great extent. Production companies are seeking to make large amount of investments in films that use visual effects.

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Why The VFX Work Of Coco Is News Now?

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.

VFX Story of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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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.

This film set new standards for VFX for films giving an excellent example in the field of visual effects.

Top 10 Visual Effects Artists Of Hollywood

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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).

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

3 Bollywood Films Known For Great VFX Work

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.


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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

  1. KICK

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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.

  1. RA.ONE

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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.