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Last Updated 19.01.2019 | 10:25 PM IST



Eyeqube’s vfx adds glitz to Veer

Bollywood has long been ruled by the Khans as the leading men. And the leading men are now turning to scripting and directing films as well. Not so long ago, a certain Khan garnered rave reviews for his film Taare Zameen Par and now Sallu Bhai set the silver screen afire with his self-scripted film Veer…

Produced by Eros Entertainment, Veer has some cool special effects done by Eyeqube studios of “Aladin” Fame. Charles Darby, the Creative Director at Eyeqube discusses some of the VFX scenes and sequences with Bollywood Hungama and we bring you an exclusive vfx case study on this flick.

Information shared by Charles Darby, Image courtesy – Eros and Eyeqube Studios, Coordination – Muriel Pinto.

Veer Eyeqube VFX Supervisiors: Sachin Bole & Balasundaram Sasikumar.

For vfx making of the movie, click here

On the ship Deck at London harbour

For this sequence only the upper deck of the ship was created and actors were placed and all of it was shot in chroma. The entire environment around it- that of London’s River Thames is entirely made in CG. In fact even the captain’s cabin and the crew member seen in the back ground are created in CG. “We had to even create the back of the ship as it is,” says Darby.

Where the two warring sides clash in the ravines

This is a huge shot. It has been made to seem that it has been shot on a huge scale. But the camera work in Cg. “Doing this with a real camera would be a logistical nightmare. It would not be possible and increase the budgets by three folds,” says Darby. Again the environment around is created in CG. Without big set ups these shots are really difficult to shoot really. “If you used real horses they would be eating away through your budget daily!” adds Darby.

A thorough survey of the area had to be done for this sequence taking in consideration every detail. Photography was used to create textures. A lot of modelling had to be done. “Of course we could make use of the photography angles but we did what we could,” says Darby.

where the clan is awaiting at a scenic locale

Here there is crowd duplication done. The duplication done here is 2D duplication unlike that of the horses and the horsemen using the in-house software.

For vfx making of the movie, click here

Veer and his clan entering the castle:

This is all live action here, says Darby. The sweeping Ariel shot taken when the entire clan- the horsemen are entering the castle is all live action. But when you reverse it, the camera travels from above the castle entrance. This is all computer generated. It is all in CG. The entire architecture in the sequence, the horses and the horsemen are all in cg.

Only the initial horsemen entering the castle are live action whereas the entire mob following thereafter is done in cg. “This is where the audiences will be congratulating the DoP thinking that the entire shot is done through cinematography. But it is actually CG,” adds Darby.

The war sequence:

“I really like this shot personally. This seems very real as the camera is really wobbly and it makes for a real tracking nightmare. But because the camera is all over the place, it feels like a real set up and not a digital set up. In reality there were about 300 horsemen and horses and they were duplicated to seem like thousands.

When Veer’s clan is at the Castle to fight

This sequence was to be shot at Rajasthan itself but somehow it did not work out. Then the set was moved to film city. “It’s turned out really good actually,” says Darby. It is not what it seems as the entire environment; the castle and the surrounding areas were created in CG. Even the cannon’s firing is created in CG.

But this sequence did not have Chroma because one doesn’t always get to choose their set ups. At the beginning of the day you are not sure what angles are going to be available to you but then chroma might not help. In reality you do not have much time to break down each shot and discuss it. “Therefore, we had to make the best guesses for the track marks…the team worked extreamly hard with a terribly short deadline in post..i’m extreamly proud of them” says Darby.

For vfx making of the movie, click here

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