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VFX has given us an arsenal no other generation of film­makers has ever had


Visual effects have been used in films almost from the beginning of movies, around the 1900s. But visual effects were not without their limits. Camera moves and other restrictions were simply due to the limits of the technology at that time.

Visual effects continued to evolve and provide sights not viable to actually film. With the advent of digital and computer graphics as tools for visual effects, artists are now able to have full control over their images in a way not possible before, through the advanced software solutions present today.

The capabilities of computer-generated imagery (CGI) have surpassed anything that earlier generations of artistes could have imagined. Entire scenes and characters can now be created digitally. Missed shots can be supplied and lackluster takes fixed, retroactively in post-production.

Digital buffing can take years off an actor’s face, drop their weight by a few kilos, or enhance their acting skills with artificial tears. Apart from value-addition, visual effects allow filmmakers an incredible freedom to bring any story they wish to the screen, from a creative and technical standpoint.

Visual effects can completely change and enhance the way any story is told. Over the past decade, the use of VFX in Bollywood films has been increasing extensively. It is not only restricted to fantasy and sci-fi films but it is widely used in period and comedy films too.

VFX is a cheaper option than shooting. Consider how much it would cost to destroy a city or a planet. Visual effects don’t seem as expensive in that context. They offer more precise control. Since time is money on a set and the director may want exact control or the option to precisely change it later, visual effects may be the correct option.

– Changes that visual effects have brought

(Written by Naveen Paul, co-founder & VFX creative head, NY VFXWAALA)

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