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

 

Deserving or not – The debate on Life of Pi’s Oscar – My interview

Pandolin-logo

http://pandolin.com/deserving-or-not-the-debate-on-life-of-pis-oscar/

Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’, a visually stunning 3D tale of an Indian boy adrift in the ocean for months with a Bengal tiger, won critical and commercial acclaim across the board. The film received several accolades including 4 wins at the 85th Academy Awards which included Best Director, Original Score, Cinematography and Visual Effects. While several feel that the film truly deserves all the honors there are some who think otherwise, primarily for the best cinematography.

This has sparked off a debate amongst the film fraternity on whether ‘Life of Pi‘ actually deserved the Oscar for Best Cinematography when it largely is a film driven by visual effects. There is also a section which feels that the acceptance speech of the Life of Pi Visual Effects Team winners, who spoke about the threat facing the VFX industry, was blatantly cut off to suppress larger issues.

The debate has also found voice amongst Indian filmmakers. Pandolin spoke to two such renowned artists, CinematographerRavi K Chandran and Visual Effects Designer V.Srinivas Mohan on their thoughts on this issue. Their valuable opinions present two interesting sides to this debate.

“Our government still sees us as technicians and are not providing good education, good provisions for local films, local creations. They still depend on people from abroad,” V. Srinivas Mohan

For example, almost 80 per cent of the animation content that we see on Cartoon Network is from abroad. If the government uses some kind of a clause that states that every day each channel should air atleast 30 minutes of content created by Indian companies, it will help in a big way. This is one of the ideas I thought of. They rely on content from abroad mainly because the content there is very cheap.  But we have a lot of good talent that the channels can use. The Government needs to recognize our talent instead of outsourcing the job. We have outsourced a lot, have good knowledge of how Hollywood works, now India should focus on its artists here and provide good facilities, reduce taxes, give subsidies to local animation films etc.”

Continue…….    Full article @   http://pandolin.com/deserving-or-not-the-debate-on-life-of-pis-oscar/

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

Interview on Sun TV(Tamil) – Nov 15th

 

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.

Maattrraan

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

Receiving 3rd National Film Award from President of India

Receiving 3rd National Film Award from President Of India for “Endhiran The Robot” film in Best Visual Effects Category.

Thanks to Director Shankar, Super Star Rajini, Aishwarya Rai, Producer Kalanidhi Maran, Music Director A.R Rahiman, Dop Randy , Art Director Sabu, Editor Antony, Sound designer Rasool Pookuty, Makeup artist Banu, Entire Visual effects team includes Frankie and Eddy and Animatronics Stanwinston team

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TV9 Telugu Interview – Visual Wizard

http://youtu.be/HInzxWddcas

TOP 36 ACHIEVERS IN 2010 – BehindWoods.com

http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-slide-shows/movie-4/top-36-achievers/srinivas-antony.html

Cheers!! “Endhiran” Rocking 100th Day ** 2 Star Screen Awards for “Robot”

Hi friends Cheers for Rocking 100th Day and surprisingly todays date is 8th – Director Shankar’s  lucky number??

Thanks to Director Shankar,  Super Star Rajinikanth,  Sun pictures Kalanithi maran,  A.R. Rahiman,  Dop Rathnavel, Art director Sabu cyril,  Editor Antony, Aishwarya Rai,  Sound designer Resul pookutty,  DI colourist  Ken, entire Sun Pictures team and all the Crew along with  all departments assistants for great support.

Thanks to Animatronics  “Legacy Effects(Stan Winston Studios)”  team and Dome light Stage “Paul Debevec”  team for providing cutting edge technology.

Finally Big Thanks to entire VFX team.

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And  “Endhiran The Robot” Hindi version “Robot” got 2 awards in 17th Annual Star Screen Awards.

http://screenindia.com/screenawards2011/winners_2011.html

One is  “Special Jury Awards For Spectacular Cutting of Age Technology”  award  and other one is for “Best Special Effects” award.

Thanks to Jury members,  Star TV and Screen for selecting the Robot for these 2 awards.

 

Enthiran Team – Party time – Super Star

Happy New Year  friends

The Robot who ruled over Kollywood – The Times of India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/The-Robot-who-ruled-over-Kollywood/articleshow/7174960.cms

 

Happy Birthday Super Star – Rajini with Oscar statue

Happy Birthday Rajini Sir

Vfx Master Class in 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa

http://cgtoday.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=913:master-class-from-a-master-in-visual-effects&catid=58:featured-news

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=90639

http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/articleshow/7009225.cms

Thank you IFFI for giving this wonderful opportunity. Thanks Mr.Manoj Srivastava and Mr. Milind Joshi.