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Who doesn’t remember Jurassic Park – a cult movie to beat them all, a movie that made “nerds” cool? If it made the hair on your back stand and evoked a strong urge to call out to your mum, you have the film’s visual effects (VFX) to thank.

Not only was the movie one of the most impactful science-fiction flicks of our generation, it was also among the flag-bearers as far as using Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) to create the scary visual effects is concerned.

For those of you who may not know, visual effects in film making refers to the process of creating imagery outside the context of a live shot. Why is there a need to create visual effects? Visual effects help create environments that look realistic when integrated into the live footage, but may be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or impossible to capture. Sit back relax and view the video ahead!
https://youtu.be/V_3gBfHFMQo

If you are having difficulty imagining it, just think of Pi sharing space with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat in Life of Pi or the adorable Mowgli having a friendly chat with a fierce black panther in the recently-released The Jungle Book.
Superman, released in 1978, was another milestone in the special effects industry. By using cables, blue screen and some clever camera tricks, the movie makers created the illusion of a flying superhero.

Computers-aided graphics

By the 1990s, the use of computer-generated imagery or CGI had begun to become popular with Hollywood movie makers and moviegoers. As mentioned earlier, Jurassic Park and Terminator 1 are considered the pioneers of CGI. However, some of the film world’s first CGI was created for the 1982 movie Tron.

Toy Story, released in 1995 and created by Pixar along with Disney, was the first feature-length computer animated movie.

Other milestone movies that broke new ground in special effects included The Matrix (bullet time), Lord of the Rings (motion capture), Avatar (motion capture and CGI), and Gravity (3D).

Today’s Hollywood is constantly searching for the cheapest way to make the best- looking effects. While this sounds like progress, it has unintentionally created some unforeseen problems for the Visual Effects studios.

The way the system works is slightly flawed. Studios have to bid for projects like contractors, but are often only given a base amount of money for the project.

If a studio has to re-render a massive simulation because the director decides he wants more smoke in the shot, then that’s hours and hours of extra work for the VFX artists. The VFX studio then has to come up with a way to pay the artists for those extra hours still based on their fixed bid, with no additional compensation from the movie producer. Big problem for the artist who relies on a regular paycheck. This is one of the big issues that caused Rhythm and Hues to file bankruptcy and temporarily close their doors shortly after their stunning work on Life of Pi.

While it is clear that this problem exists in Hollywood, it is difficult to see a grand-scale solution in the way the VFX studios have to operate in order to meet the growing demands of quality and speed. So what is a small-scale, effective way that these studios can save time and money?

Incorporating state-of-the-art, versatile stock footage from ActionVFX. Whether you need to knock out a pre-vis or quickly render mass amounts of smoke, our plethora of 4K elements can help bridge the gap between quality and deadlines.

Some of the most successful and highest grossing films in the recent past have had visual effects as an important component. The use of special effects has transformed many movies into mega, larger-than-life productions that have left a lasting impression on the audience and a monumental impact on the way films are being shot.

VFX adding value to films

Visual effects definitely add value to movies and while Hollywood remains the mecca of special effects, film makers the world over are now using VFX to enhance their movies. There’s a huge demand for special effects in the Chinese and Indian film industries.

Some of the recent hit films in China to have used VFX heavily include the Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, John Woo’s The Crossing, and the recently released Monster Hunt, which went on to become the highest grossing Chinese film of all time. 

In India, the larger-than-life Bollywood films use an average of 500 to 1500 VFX shots. Films like DhoomChennai Express and the smash-hit Bahubali have used special effects to perfection in recent times.

The growing popularity of visual effects in world cinema has led to a spurt in the demand for special effects companies like Toolbox Studio, which has been doing impressive work in the field. Our studio was responsible for creating the visual effects for the recently-released UnIndianwhich had Australian cricketer Brett Lee as the protagonist

One thing is clear, VFX in films are here to stay. Visual effects will keep getting bigger and better and that spells good news for both the thrill-seeking fan and the special effects studios the world over!

doesn’t remember Jurassic Park – a cult movie to beat them all, a movie that made “nerds” cool? If it made the hair on your back stand and evoked a strong urge to call out to your mum, you have the film’s visual effects (VFX) to thank.

Not only was the movie one of the most impactful science-fiction flicks of our generation, it was also among the flag-bearers as far as using Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) to create the scary visual effects is concerned.

For those of you who may not know, visual effects in film making refers to the process of creating imagery outside the context of a live shot. Why is there a need to create visual effects? Visual effects help create environments that look realistic when integrated into the live footage, but may be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or impossible to capture. Sit back relax and view the video ahead!
https://youtu.be/V_3gBfHFMQo

If you are having difficulty imagining it, just think of Pi sharing space with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat in Life of Pi or the adorable Mowgli having a friendly chat with a fierce black panther in the recently-released The Jungle Book.
Superman, released in 1978, was another milestone in the special effects industry. By using cables, blue screen and some clever camera tricks, the movie makers created the illusion of a flying superhero.

Computers-aided graphics

By the 1990s, the use of computer-generated imagery or CGI had begun to become popular with Hollywood movie makers and moviegoers. As mentioned earlier, Jurassic Park and Terminator 1 are considered the pioneers of CGI. However, some of the film world’s first CGI was created for the 1982 movie Tron.

Toy Story, released in 1995 and created by Pixar along with Disney, was the first feature-length computer animated movie.

Other milestone movies that broke new ground in special effects included The Matrix (bullet time), Lord of the Rings (motion capture), Avatar (motion capture and CGI), and Gravity (3D).

Today’s Hollywood is constantly searching for the cheapest way to make the best- looking effects. While this sounds like progress, it has unintentionally created some unforeseen problems for the Visual Effects studios.

The way the system works is slightly flawed. Studios have to bid for projects like contractors, but are often only given a base amount of money for the project.

If a studio has to re-render a massive simulation because the director decides he wants more smoke in the shot, then that’s hours and hours of extra work for the VFX artists. The VFX studio then has to come up with a way to pay the artists for those extra hours still based on their fixed bid, with no additional compensation from the movie producer. Big problem for the artist who relies on a regular paycheck. This is one of the big issues that caused Rhythm and Hues to file bankruptcy and temporarily close their doors shortly after their stunning work on Life of Pi.

While it is clear that this problem exists in Hollywood, it is difficult to see a grand-scale solution in the way the VFX studios have to operate in order to meet the growing demands of quality and speed. So what is a small-scale, effective way that these studios can save time and money?

Incorporating state-of-the-art, versatile stock footage from ActionVFX. Whether you need to knock out a pre-vis or quickly render mass amounts of smoke, our plethora of 4K elements can help bridge the gap between quality and deadlines.

Some of the most successful and highest grossing films in the recent past have had visual effects as an important component. The use of special effects has transformed many movies into mega, larger-than-life productions that have left a lasting impression on the audience and a monumental impact on the way films are being shot.

VFX adding value to films

Visual effects definitely add value to movies and while Hollywood remains the mecca of special effects, film makers the world over are now using VFX to enhance their movies. There’s a huge demand for special effects in the Chinese and Indian film industries.

Some of the recent hit films in China to have used VFX heavily include the Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, John Woo’s The Crossing, and the recently released Monster Hunt, which went on to become the highest grossing Chinese film of all time. 

In India, the larger-than-life Bollywood films use an average of 500 to 1500 VFX shots. Films like DhoomChennai Express and the smash-hit Bahubali have used special effects to perfection in recent times.

The growing popularity of visual effects in world cinema has led to a spurt in the demand for special effects companies like Toolbox Studio, which has been doing impressive work in the field. Our studio was responsible for creating the visual effects for the recently-released UnIndianwhich had Australian cricketer Brett Lee as the protagonist

One thing is clear, VFX in films are here to stay. Visual effects will keep getting bigger and better and that spells good news for both the thrill-seeking fan and the special effects studios the world over!

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