Making an animated movie requires dedication and commitment. Animators go through the rigorous process of visualization, storyboarding, sound effects, light effects, character modeling etc to create the final film. Each of these areas is critically important. But the one area that has taken the film and animation industry by storm over the last 10 years is visual effects, commonly known as VFX.
Visual effects in its most elementary structure are digitally controlled live action footage. Simply a visual effect is the ideal utilization of computers to insert and remove special effects or enhancements that weren’t initially inside the shot. A visual effect is that the assimilation of live-action footage and generated imagery to make realistic environments.
VFX is being widely used in many Hollywood movies, be it animated or live-action films. It has slowly become a part of the production process. Following this trend, VFX has also made a successful entry in the Indian filmmaking industry. The future is bright and shining for animators and visual effects artists everywhere in the world.
Compositing is the process of combining multiple visual elements from various sources into a single image or sequence. It can be as simple as overlaying two photos or as complex as combining elements, images, and footage.
Rotoscoping began as an animation technique, in which animators traced over film footage to create realistic character movement. Later Walt Disney would adapt the technique to use film footage of real actors as reference material for his animated films.
Matte paintings are one of the oldest VFX techniques, This is one the most common VFX shots in filmmaking. You shoot your actors in front of the green or blue screen, then apply a single painting to the background. With this technique, you can make your film look like it was filmed anywhere around the world, even if the world doesn’t exist.