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Ra.One has set new standard in visual effects: Vamshi Ayyagari

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    Ra.One has set new standard in visual effects: Vamshi Ayyagari
    By: Shekhar H Hooli
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    Shahrukh Khan starrer movie Ra.One, is doing wonders at the Box office and received a lot of accolades from both Indian and International film critics. The visual effects of the movie have been highly praised by everyone. In an interview with Oneindia, Vamsi Ayyagari, the Chief Operating Officer of EYEQUBE Studios talks about the key role played by his studio in creating some of these visual effects. In an exclusive interview with Oneindia, he talks about his studio’s experience in creating this wonderful movie.

    How did you get into the profession of special effects?

    I have been involved in the visual effects for the past 13 years and started my career in the US working for some of the top VFX Supervisors and Studios. After coming to India, I joined Crest Animation in India, where I set up the 3D pipeline and delivered one of the first 3D Animated series to be delivered by an Indian company. In 2003, I decided to move back to visual effects. About four years back, I got an opportunity to work for EYEQUBE and ever since I have been with the company.

    Which was your first movie?

    When I was in US, I worked on several features, TV series and commercials. My first credit as a VFX PRODUCER was Koi Mil Gaya. Ever since, I have worked in various capacities on different features including Krrish, Warner Brother’s “Where The Wild Things Are” and “A SOUND OF THUNDER,” Walt Disney’s “Tron Legacy,” Immortals, Aladdin, Madrasapattinam and Ra.One among others.

    How was your Initial experience when you started as a visual effect producer?

    Ten years back, issues ranged from lack of artistic talent to applications of proper production processes. It was a great challenge to design the infrastructure, establish a pipeline and train artists. And never forget that we still had to deliver to the exacting standards of Hollywood - all these within time and budgets. One had to challenge an artist to think aesthetically and not just technically.

    But in the past ten years, we have seen a consistent development of our talent and improved the quality of our work. I am proud to say our talent base at EYEQUBE ranks among the best in the world. Our work has been appreciated globally by the likes of Digital Domain and Walt Disney.

    Initially it was difficult to get talented people in India, how did you manage to get such people?

    Artists believed in the quality of work and the culture we offered them. They chose to directly approach us. Honestly, we didn’t have any problem staffing up the studio.

    EYEQUBE is unique in the sense that we cover the entire life cycle of visual effects right from the concept to completion. Most of the time we get involved right from the development stage to final post.

    You have also rendered the service of special effects for Madrasapattinam. What would you like to tell about it?

    It was great project to work on as we had to create the period look of Chennai City in 1947 that no longer exists in the modern day. The visual effects was all about creating a scale, authenticity and photorealism all while making it look invisible. I am also proud this was done at very reasonable budgets. The Director, DOP and Production Designer worked very closely with us and most often, we even knew what they wanted before we started shooting. This actually saved significant production costs for the producer.

    How was the experience on the sets of Ra.One?

    It was fantastic experience as we had to recreate entire futuristic yet believable environments for two different sequences (Level One and Level Two). The concepts were driven by imagination but the work had to be convincingly real. It was great to have played an important role in the movie that has raised the bar of VFX in India. It was also a very collaborative process and we enjoyed working very closely with the lead VFX house.

    What was your biggest challenge on the shots?

    For level 1, we had to combine 12 different shots to produce one master CG shot – where the entire environment was created in CG. This is the shot where the camera tracks up, goes outside the exposition and you see the futuristic Mumbai city. Keep in mind – the Mumbai you see while looking real is actually a figment of our creation.

    For level three, the concept changed after the shoot. Hence we worked very hard to build a scale, replace large parts of live shoot elements with CG sets and above all ensure the actors fitted seamlessly into the photo-real CG world. Making Virtual Real was the greatest challenge

    It is criticised by several experts that many things have been borrowed from Tron Legacy and other Hollywood films. What is your take on it?

    As an audience, I enjoyed watching the movie and I really don’t allow myself to be bothered by criticism.

    What would you like to tell about Shahrukh Khan and Anubhav Sinha?

    Ra.One has set new standard in filmmaking and raised the bar of visual effects to the next level. One has to lower their hats to Shahrukh Khan, Anubhav Sinha and EROS International for their vision and making this movie.

    How many shots are there in the movie?

    Overall there are some 3,500 odd shots. We worked on about 500 shots.

    Did your work for Ra.One fetch you any offers?

    We have been working on international projects for the last two years. Our international credits include Tron Legacy, Moby **** and 3 other shows which are currently under production.

    With the movie Ra.One the importance of visual effects have been well understood by the Indian filmmakers, do you think that visual effects will be more actively used in the Indian films in future?

    Visual effects have been actively used in the Indian films. Other than Ra.One, our work was widely appreciated on Tron Legacy, Madrasapattinam and Deiva Thirumagal. For Deiva Thirumagal, our studio created a benchmark and history in India, as this is the first time an entire sequence was shot against the green screen and we recreated all creatures and environments. I am sure that Indian filmmakers will be inspired to use visual effects to advocate new ways of storytelling

    Part 1 : http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bo...ri-interview-raone-visual-effects-081111.html
    Part 2 : http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bo...-interview-raone-visual-effects-1-081111.html
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