Talk(Podcost) about Mattrran Vfx and Indian Vfx Industry @ FPT

Check out my casual talk on Mattrran Vfx at Film production Talk blog (FPT)
Thanks to Varun for taking efforts to improving Indian Vfx industry.
http://filmproductiontalk.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/maattrraan/

It was around 55 min lengthy talk and below are time breakdown details
starts with “Maattrran” film and story and main Vfx starts @ 7:50 min

@ 7:50 min about Mattran VFX 
@ 17:30 min about Surya sir
@ 37:30 min about Rat sequence and Firefly
@ 39:35 min about Shankar sir “i”
@ 41:00 min about Rajamouli sir “Bahubali” & “Eega” 
@ 43:10 min about Indian Vfx

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Maattrraan Vfx Awards article @ Animationxpress

Srinivas Mohan - EME Awards 2013

 Double Whammy for Maattrraan – Wins Special Jury Award for VFX in a Motiona Picture at FICCI BFA Awards and Best VFX in an Indian Feature at INFOCOM-ASSOCHAM EME Awards 2013.
Full article link

 

Another feather in Maattrraan’s Cap – Ficci Frames BFA award 2013 – VFX

Surya & Surya

Ficci BFA 2013

Ficci BFA Maattrraan

http://www.ficci-frames.com/
http://203.200.89.92/demosites/ficci-entertainment-division/baf.htm

Thanks to the jury for selecting Maattrraan for Special Jury Award.

Thanks again to Director K.V Anand, Actor Surya,  Dop Soundhar, Editor Antony, Make-up Banu, Art director Rageevan and producers of AGS for great support.  Thanks to Paul debevec, his team and Hao li for technical support.

Special thanks to entire team of Vensat, EFX, Firefly, Gemini, Pixon, Whitelotus, DDP, Image metrics and Indian Artists. Thanks to entire film crew.

“Maattrraan” won “EME award 2013” – Best Vfx in an INDIAN feature film category

EME Award 2013

Excellence in Media & Entertainment (EME Award 2013)

 

Excellence in Media & Entertainment (EME award 2013)

Thanks to the jury for selecting “Maattrraan”

Thanks again to Director K.V Anand, Actor Surya,  Dop Soundhar, Editor Antony, Make-up Banu, Art director Rageevan and producers of AGS for great support.  Thanks to Paul debevec, his team and Hao li for technical support. Special thanks to my entire VFX artists team.

Maattrraan article in top visual effects site – FXGuide.com

I’m extremely happy to share the news that Maattrraan Vfx article published in world’s top visual effects site FXGuide

Maattrraan Vfx

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/a-new-wave-of-brilliant-invisible-effects/

check end of the article

Thanks to K.V Anand, Surya, Soundhar, Antony, Banu, Rageevan and producers of AGS for great support.  Special thanks to my entire vfx team.

Detail making of  videos :
https://vimeo.com/groups/conjoinedtwinsvfx

Conjoined Twins VFX – Played by Single artist

Conjoined Twins – Maattrraan

About Film :

“Maattrraan” is a Indian(Tamil) feature film based on the life of conjoined twins. This film is directed by K.V Anand and actor Surya played both twins roles. We did around 2000 Vfx shots for this project.

Film Teaser

Making :

In “Maattrraan” both the characters are joined together at all times, because of which there is interaction in each and every frame. So we decided to go with Body Double with head replacement option with two methods.

Method A : Digital Head replacement

For faster head and body movements, mainly in action and dance sequences, we have used Digital Surya. We scanned 22 facial expressions of Surya in Lightstage, LA. Thanks again to Paul Debevec for helping with the scanning. We have used “Image Metrics” team for facial animation, because of budget constrain, we have used them mainly for wider shots. For closeup shots we redesigned a rig using those 22 scanned shapes. Initially we created morph targets manually based on the scanned expressions, but we could not get a 100% match. Later on Hao Li from LA helped us to create accurate morph targets by warping the rigged mesh with the 22 scanned expressions. To record Surya’s facial performance, we created a simple head rig with a helmet, LED strips, CCD cam and iphone4s. It served our purpose well. Thanks again to Jupiter Jazz team for Skin Shader and Autodesk Maya is our main software.

Digital head process


 

Method B : Live Head replacement with 5 Camera setup

In this method the main issue was matching Body Double’s camera perspective with Main Artist camera perspective while shooting his head separately in green screen. In order to solve the perspective issues, we decided to capture few extra angles of the Main Artist’s head, so we can match perspective later during in post production. For that we used 3 main cameras and 2 supporting cameras. We shot the Main Artist as 1st twin while a Body Double played the 2nd twin. Later, the Main Artist acted as the 2nd twin in a green screen floor using the 5 camera setup. We used 3D mesh of the Main Artist head, tracked and animated it to match his green screen live head, then projected all 5 camera textures onto that 3d head. The aim was to get the Main Artist’s head (shot in green screen as 2nd Twin) into a 3D environment with live textures, so we can match the Body double’s perspective. This 5 camera projection method is also used for correcting main artist look problems.  This method looks simple but it took lot of our R&D time. One of our main task in 5 camera setup was to exactly match 5 cameras position in the 3D environment with the live cameras position. If these cameras are not matched properly, the projection method won’t work at all. To achieve this we used X-box Kinect sensor (like a 3D scanner) to capture camera placements on location. It worked well for indoor shooting, but failed in the bright light outdoor green screen setup. The other important task was to track and match the 3D head with Main Artist’s live head. We visited L.A to scan the lead actor’s expressions using Lightstage. While we were there, Paul Debevec and his team at ICT lab saw our test work and gave us tools to simplify this entire process. It was like image based modeling that creates mesh and cameras based on 5 cameras image data, It helped us tremendously. Thanks to Paul and his team for their help. We have used Nuke to do 3D projection and final comp.

Scene 16 Input 

5 Cameras Input 

5 Cameras Projection 

Scene 16 Output 

Kinect data 

One more important task was the Main Artist has to match his Body Double’s head and body movements with proper timing. For that we recorded body double’s video while saying 1,2,3,4…. as audio bg track, so Main Artist could observe and remember his Body Double’s head and body movements by using numbers as reference. Because of Surya’s (Main Artist) excellent performing talent, we were able to pull this off without looking for another option. In some situations he has to remembered more that 40 tasks! And lighting wise Dop Soundar has done excellent job in matching both lighting conditions manually, in some situations we have moved lights instead of artist waking. Interestingly in this project we have used almost all type of cameras like Film Arri 435, Arri 3, Digital Cannon 5D, 7D, iphone, Kinect sensor and small CCD camera.

5 Camera studio setup 

Apart from these methods, we have used simple head replacement and sometimes full body replacement methods in regular 2D comp too. Overall for 2000 vfx shots we used 8 Indian companies with 400 artists in a period of 2 years time. Below are the links of few final output sequences. 

Twins Dance music number Ouput  

Twins Montage

Images

Srinivas Mohan
Vfx Supervisor
mohanvsm@gmail.com
www.srinivasmohan.com

Maattrraan Vfx Making presentation @ succes press meet

It was excellent team work and thanks to entire Maattrraan team for great support.

Maattrran – few reviews about Vfx work

Thanks U all for recognizing Vfx involvement  and encouraging us. Thanks to entire  Maattrraan team for great support.

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@ Times of India – sat oct 13

Surya2  is how credits roll for ‘Maattrraan’ (‘Brothers’ in Telugu), the fifth double role by actor after ‘Perazhagan’, ‘Vel’, ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ and ‘7 Aum Arivu’. And thanks to him, it is double the performance and double the fun, though it would have meant enormous effort on his part to portray both the characters in a very convincing manner.

It would also have been double the work for cinematographer S Soundar Rajan and VFX supervisor V Srinivas Mohan, whose world class work is one of the highlights of the film. The live action and the graphics blend seamlessly on screen in all the scenes involving the conjoined twins. The biggest challenge for a VFX supervisor is that the special effects should not stick out like a sore thumb, and Srinivas Mohan passes the test with distinction. The fight sequence in an amusement part is one of the highlights of the film, and stunt supervisor Peter Hein and Soundar Rajan come up with some imaginative and eye-catching visuals to captive the audience.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/movie-review/16793798.cms?prtpage=1

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@ Behindwoods

One of the major highlights of the film is its VFX. Helmed by Srinivas Mohan of Endhiran fame, the VFX team has worked hard and it is evident in all the frames that feature the conjoined twins. The action sequence at the roller coaster ride is the best example where all the departments like the camera, stunt, VFX and Suriya have worked in epic tandem and the result is brilliant. Editing plays a crucial role in such visual effects intensive movies and editor Antony has done complete justice to his craft. http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-reviews/reviews-2/oct-12-02/maattrraan-review.html

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@ Moviecrow

The real success of visual effects in Maattrraan is when you no longer realize the complexities involved in making Suriya act as conjoined twins. The Motion Capture technology, earlier used in the Adventure of Tin Tin, is for the first time used to portray the conjoined twins. Visual Effects Supervisor Srinivasa Mohan’s (Enthiran fame) work is truly world class that not even in one scene will you be able to spot any flaw. The VFX for showing overlapping body parts, face and expressions are so minutely handled. Visual Effects is so perfectly done to the point that the critics and award committees may end up overlooking the role of visual effects department as both Suriyas look so real to life.

http://www.moviecrow.com/News/1459/maatran-movie-review-from-fdfs-show

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@ indiaglitz

Maatraan gets a lot of help from the Srinivasa Murthy’s VFX department and the way everything looks natural in the first half, even when two Suriyas are standing next to each other throughout is a tribute to their work. Soundar Rajan’s cinematography works in tandem with the effects and impresses. Meanwhile, editor Anthony gets the toughest job of editing the film that is filled with added effects and touches and despite everything, he joins bits and pieces pretty well.

http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/review/13034.html

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@ Sify

The VFX done by Srinivas Mohan of Enthiran fame is as good as any foreign film. The action scenes of the conjoined twins in the amusement park, and the way they dance together look so real on screen. KV Anand is a director with a vision and he knows how to bring in the right mix of entertainment elements.

http://www.sify.com/movies/tamil/review.php?id=15010097&ctid=5&cid=2429

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@ accesskollywood

Suriya packs double punch with roles – the studious Vimalan and the cheerful Akhilan. Needless to mention, Suriya is the star of the movie and he brings out the character dissimilarities as is needed to show differences in the roles. While any double role demands much from the actor, the role of a pair of conjoined twins is not only demanding but also technically challenging. Anand’s samurai in VFX Srinivas Mohan ensured that there are no slip ups in the VFX part of the movie and ensured that the visual effects remain on par with international movies.

http://www.accesskollywood.com/moviereview-id-maattrraan-review118.htm

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@ indiavision

Technically, the film was way ahead of the league, especially in the visual effects department headed by Srinivas Mohan, who made the conjoined twins look as real as possible. Editing by Anthony is satisfying, while music by Harris with visuals sounds better.

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Maattrraan – 2 years experience

Had great time working with Maattrraan team. Thanks to K.V Anand, Surya, Soundhar, Antony, Banu, Rageevan and producers of AGS for great support. Experimented with new technics to achieve believable conjoint twins and make our work invisible in the flow of the film.  Special thanks to my entire vfx team for making this possible.

Surya sir about Maattrraan Vfx

Maattrraan

Article :  http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/sep-12-05/maattrraan-suriya-30-09-12.html

India’s First Performance Capture (Facial) – Maatraan (Tamil Film)

In India, one more milestone in visual effects, happened today, i.e, Performance Capture (Facial) for Maatraan. It was made possible by team Maatraan.  I’m happy and thank full for the support and the involvement of  the  Director K.V.Anand sir, Actor Surya sir, Dop Soundar sir and  Producers AGS Entertainment for making this possible. Can’t reveal anything more at this stage about the project, or else I will have to face the wrath of K.V sir, to be exact, in his own words “I will kill U” .

Teaser 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Ue0_67LEmk

Teaser 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWL69CbzeC4&feature=plcp