Are you awestruck every time you watch Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, Skyfall, Life of Pi or Madagascar 3? Does your jaw drop at the sight apes behaving like humans in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes or when Tobey Maguire is overpowered by the new black suit in Spiderman 3? The credit for the success of these movies goes to talented visual effects artists from India, who ensured that the VFX of these movies looked realistic and believable to the audience.
Today many Indian VFX and animation studios are working for some of the top Hollywood movies, with Bollywood and the rest of the Indian film industry catching up fast. In recent times, South Indian movies like Makkhi (Eega) and the recent Rajinikanth starrer, Kochadaiiyaan have set new standards for the Indian VFX industry. These rapid developments in the visual effects industry are, in turn, creating huge demand for trained visual effects artists.
Along with the film industry, the gaming industry is one of the most common avenues for VFX artists.
- Matchmoving artist: A matchmoving artist works on inserting computer generated graphics in live action footage and match those movements in 3D. Their responsibility is to ensure that the animated objects, when inserted in the live action footage, look seamless and perfectly match the scene, so that viewers believe that character graphics elements are an actual part of the live footage.
- Compositor: Compositors are responsible for the final animation or film project by combining layers of related material, which include rendered computer animation, special effects, graphics, 2D animation and live action. Compositing artists may find work at film and video production studios, animation studios, gaming companies or advertising agencies.
- Roto artist: Rotoscoping is the process of manually altering video or film footage one frame at a time. Roto artists are responsible for tracing areas of live action frames where computer graphics will overlap or interact with live images.
- Pre-vis artist: A pre-visualization artist, more commonly known as a pre-vis artist, is responsible for visualizing complex scenes before the actual shooting. This can be done through images drawn by hand or by using digital technology. Pre-visualization helps a director to get a clear idea of a sequence and the final camera movements before the actual production starts.