With Bollywood's new fixation for masala entertainers, 2012 bares witness to a visually effective year for post-production filmmakers. Over a dozen films were made this year, revived a style that's was only akin to the eighties. With state of the art technology available, visual effects and post-production studios such as Reliance MediaWorks Ltd. can create a multitude of possibilities to enhance the visual narrative of a film. The latest masala entertainer this year is Akshay Kumar's, Khiladi 786. Reliance MediaWorks Ltd., one of the largest post-production houses in India has delivered 42 minutes of visual effects work to augment the all-out action sequences for the film. Ranadheer Reddy, VFX Supervisor, manned a team of thirty artists with expert guidance from Creative Head Naveen Paul and VFX Head Prasad Sutar to deliver the visual effects process in an astounding three weeks time. Pankaj Kalbende and Sanjiv Naik, VFX Supervisors, were also involved due to the quantum of work. Vinoth Ganesh was heading the production along with VFX Producer Carrel D'souza. Talking about the magnitude of work and challenges involved Rana says, "We started working on the film on the first week of November and ended in the third week itself, the teams were bifurcated into compositors, clean-up artists and rotoscopic artist, adding upto a 30 member team dedicated to the project. Since there were multiple camera angles involved in the action scenes, we had around 5 different cameras rolling to shoot the actions sequences. We had cameras ranging from film to digital formats like Arri's 435 to Arri's Alexa and Red Epic that we dealt with. The challenging aspect is to make everything photo-realistic, and ensuring the finer details like the reflections, shadows are double checked and gel with the scene." Bollywood Hungama's Philip Bode gets VFX specialist, Rana, to take us behind the visual effects making process of Khiladi 786.
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