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VFX Expert Srinivas Mohan has an enviable repertoire of films, known for their grand use of visual effects, to his credit. Be it Superstar Rajnikanth’s robot look in Enthiran (Robot) or the impressive effects in Shankar’s I, the National Award-winning artist has been instrumental in taking Indian VFX to the next level.
In a tete-a-tete with Pandolin, the expert talks about creating a larger than life waterfall, putting together a grandiose battle sequence and much more for one of India’s grandest films, the highly-awaited period drama, Baahubali….
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Grandiose subject takes heart, says Baahubali VFX director Vadlamudi Srinivas Murali Mohan – The Hindu
VFX combined with emotions make our films better, says Vadlamudi Srinivas Murali Mohan, the VFX expert who’s debuting in Telugu films with ‘Baahubali’
Vadlamudi Srinivas Murali Mohan is a three-time National Film Awards winner for his work in Visual Effects. This Vijayawada-born Telugu-speaking gentleman is known to be extremely patient, understanding and amiable. He left Vijayawada in 97 and has ever since been working on Tamil movies. Married to an Anglo Indian, he settled in Chennai. This is the first time he is working in a Telugu film (Baahubali). Cont..
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“Srinivas Mohan garu, our Vfx supervisor who never let the bar down. Dedicated 3 years of his life for baahubali. Thanks andi.”
@ssrajamouli . thank you sir and big thanks from our Vfx industry for giving us opportunity to be part in your epic visions.
May 9, 2015 Leave a comment
India Saga ‘Baahubali’ Targets the World With Ramoji Film City
Visual effects supervisor V. Srinivas Mohan is no stranger to big-budget spectaculars, having been in charge of “Enthiran” as well other high-profile pics. He says that vfx on Indian movies can achieve 80% of an “Avatar”-like shot for one-quarter the cost. What Mohan and his team are striving for is to deliver the remaining 20% to reach global standards.
“Audiences are used to watching photo-realistic effects in Hollywood films,” Mohan says, “and the challenge was to re-create that on an Indian budget.”
Mohan’s task has been to realize Rajamouli’s vision — one that has included a more than three-mile-high waterfall and epic battles with armies of hundreds of thousands, along with horses, elephants, chariots and giant catapults. “When the director says ‘I need it huge,’ ” Mohan says, “there is no end of that huge.”
Almost 90% of the film requires vfx work, with the live-action shooting augmented and expanded in post. Some 600 artists are executing the f/x at 18 facilities around the world, led by Makuta and Firefly in Hyderabad, Prasad EFX in Hyderabad and Chennai, Tau Films in the U.S. and Malaysia, and Dancing Digital Animation and Macrograph in South Korea.
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Special Feature in Releaseday.com
“He has taken visual effects to new heights. He deserves an Oscar” – Robot (Enthiran) director Shankar on V Srinivas Mohan.
V Srinivas Mohan – an electrician, computer programmer, animator at different phases of his career and currently, one of India’s most renowned VFX experts. Srinivas Mohan started out from humble beginnings and is still, like any of his interviews or his own blog suggest, very humble. However, the body of work he is involved in and more importantly, the quality, is colossal. For the greatly acclaimed movie, Enthiran, Mohan tried to deliver visual effects of international standards, offering an end effect which in Hollywood would cost 4 times the budget allocated. No wonder, he is one of Shankar’s favourites.
Srinivas who has initially been involved in a large number of movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada for digital compositing made waves with the movie Magic Magic for which he was the visual effects supervisor. A VFX supervisor, for those who don’t understand, is responsible for handling the VFX project and the personnel, managing both the technical and artistic aspects of the project. As someone who is responsible for determining the most cost-effective and technically efficient visual effects techniques for a concept, Mohan scouts countries for freelancers who can offer him the best possible results. From timings, negotiations and camera set-ups, there is a lot on the VFX supervisor’s plate. Mohan has rightly asserted, with ample reason that the VFX crew is made up of artists, not technicians, as they are usually referred to.
For Magic Magic, Mohan won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects. However, the juggernaut was only starting and far from reaching the dizzying heights it was destined to. Srinivas Mohan worked with Shankar on several movies like Boys, Anniyan and Sivaji. The skin grafting technique used by Mohan in Sivaji creating a digital skin, proved to be one of the keys to his success that year, earning him a second National Award. However, he blew everyone away a few years later with Enthiran, a sci-fi wonder, the ilk of which wasn’t previously seen in India, earning him a third National Award. He was also the VFX supervisor for Maatraan, a story revolving around conjoined twins, a challenging VFX project in its own right.
If, 2500 VFX shots in Endhiran, was colossal, one runs out of terms while discussing Mohan’s current project, Baahubali, a period drama that is slated to have as many as 4500 VFX shots, easily Mohan’s biggest VFX budget till date. VFX producers and supervisors are responsible for a lot in movies hinged on VFX, from handling the client’s budget to getting the best work done, while collaborating with art directors and other crew on the movie sets. That doesn’t stop Mohan from being vocal about encouraging local talent pool of animators and doing his own bit for the Indian animation industry. The VFX guru will also be overseeing the work of the company Rising Sun Pictures, for Shankar’s next, the Vikram starrer Ai.
Mohan who can impress you with his knowledge about Animatronix, pre-visualization concepts, current software, CG, motion graphics and other VFX elements, is also the founder of Indian Artists Computer Graphics, one of the leading Indian VFX firms, based out of Chennai, that raises bars with each project, while working on budgets as low as 1/10th of the contemporary Hollywood costs. Still young considering how much he has achieved, the accomplished VFX giant has certainly traversed an arduous journey, coming a long way from doing wedding titles to heading Indian movie industry’s biggest VFX projects.
April 10th is his birthday and Releaseday Team would like to wish him a very happy birthday and even greater success and path-breaking glory in the coming years.
February 5, 2014 Leave a comment
Set in an imaginary medieval realm, the film is loaded with computer generated imagery that promises to blur the lines between real and imaginary. Producer Shobu Yarlagadda reckons the movie will be a ‘technical marvel’. “We want to offer the audience a real visual spectacle and have been working in that direction from the outset. It’s a period drama that will transport the audience into a world of ancient forts, palaces, epic war sequences and the works. The VFX is going to be the most crucial element in the movie. We have the best national and international experts working on the film,” says Shobu.
Srinivas Mohan is working as the VFX supervisor for the movie which has a slew of internationally renowned VFX artistes. Some of the visual effects are being done locally while some are being outsourced to foreign technicians around he world. Considering the scale and quality of the VFX work, the film is tipped to have the highest budget for VFX in Indian cinema.
Buzz is that the budget of the film is a staggering `100 crore. However, Shobu gets a little cagey when talking about the budget. “I cannot comment on that since I don’t know about the budgets of other films. It is a very expensive film,” he says.
Starring Prabhas, Rana, Anushka and Tamannaah in lead roles, the film is set for a 2015 release across all South Indian languages.