South Indian film star Prithviraj Sukumaran announced his new mega-budget epic movie that will be shot entirely using virtual production filmmaking technique. The actor shared a poster of the media on social media in which he is seen as a warrior.
“This is an exciting new chapter in the art and science of film making! So looking forward to this one! Changing times, newer challenges, innovative methods! And an epic story to tell!” Prithviraj tweeted sharing the news.
This is an exciting new chapter in the art and science of film making! So looking forward to this one! Changing times, newer challenges, innovative methods! And an epic story to tell!
Stay tuned for updates! @PrithviOfficial @PrithvirajProd @frames_magic #GokulrajBaskar pic.twitter.com/kzTc7LNvIN
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) August 17, 2020
The new project which is yet to be will be directed by Gokulraj Baskar and will be released in Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. It “India’s first movie to be shot completely in virtual production movie,” Baskar was quoted saying.
The actor-producer Prithwiraj will be next seen in the Malayalam survival drama, ‘Aadujeevitham’.
Virtual Production is an innovation advanced by Technicolor that allows filmmakers to layout and establish a film in a digital environment before going on a physical set. Films like The Lion King, Avatar and series like The Mandalorian were produced using virtual production technologies.
“There’s a growing divide between what the filmmakers can see through the camera on the live-action set, and what they have to imagine will be added digitally many months later,” Sol Rogers wrote in the Forbes.
What is Virtual Cinematography
Virtual Production is a still-evolving cinematography technique which brings the live-action set experience into the digital realm with the help of computer graphics and software like the Technicolor Virtual Production pipeline, a proprietary, multi-user, real-time collaborative VFX authoring and data tracking platform.
Filmmakers are now able to create scenes across the physical and virtual worlds using game engines like Unreal and Unity, combined with high-power graphics cards, camera tracking, as well as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. These platforms allow filmmakers to track everything from concept art and lenses to assets and camera movements without physically connected.
The virtual production allows real-time collaboration among filmmakers, regardless of where they are in the world. “When you’re using VR to make the movie, it’s as though you’re standing on a film set in the real world, even though it’s all virtual. You can pick up a tree and move it. You can grab the Sun and change the light. You can become a character and give a different performance,” he added.
Asper The Focus, Plotting these elements in real-time lends itself to a more efficient workflow without multiple recreations of assets and going back and forth.
However, this process might turn into a complex endeavour as it sometimes requires thousands of VFX artists, and multi-layer communication that might slow down the creative exploration required to discover “what’s right” for a film, Rogers opine.