After a long wait, the sci-fi epic “Avatar 2”, i.e. “Avatar: The Way of Water”, has entered the 300,000,000,000 club in India in 15 days in total. He got that figure as expected or rather earlier than expected. The total collection of the film in India on the 18th day was 342 crore and the worldwide collection was around 12,000 crore. But we’re not going to talk much about how much the movie earned or how many records it broke; We are here to talk about technology.
Who is the real hero of this movie obviously James Cameron. Anyway, he is the director of this movie and movies are said to be the director’s medium. He is above all the co-producer of this film, co-writer of the story and the screenplay. He created the characters for the film. All in all a James creation. But, but still if we say that the real hero of the film is someone else, then what would you say?
The real heroes of the film are the VFX, CGI and SFX techniques. There is no doubt that these are just tools that James has used very well. Not only did they use it, but they also waited for the arrival of technology, the long wait – the “jo maza intezaar mein hai woh vasle yaar mein kahan” wala wait. The first film in the ‘Avatar’ franchise was released on December 18, 2009 while the second film got to see the golden screen on December 16, 2022 after thirteen years. The first film didn’t take shape easily either. The initial work started from 1994, which took the form of the movie in 2009. Some people say that “dreams are never ours”, wrongly say that the production of the series “Avatar” is actually a dream come true.
It turns out that James’ mother actually saw a strange twelve-foot-tall woman in a dream. He told James about his dream and James put his mother’s dream into his creative mind and “Avatar” was embodied in the form of this creative loach. Cameron had already directed the legendary film “Titanic” in 1997. , which also won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director. Apart from that, the production-direction of “The Terminator” series is also in Cameron’s account.
Back to ‘Avatar’, let’s talk a little practically. Making a decision is another thing, taking it through to the end is another thing. Well, James Cameron had a passion for it. For this reason, James had prepared the first 80-page draft in 1994 itself. But what only happens with passion, when James decided to bring his dream to the celluloid screen, the reality on the ground turned his dream upside down. But you have to accept that everything happens with passion. When Cameron discovered that the technology needed to make the dream a reality didn’t yet exist, he decided to wait. I took it with the conviction that the necessary and useful technology for him had to come, me too. Means the fruit of patience is sweet, proven once again. This technology was VFX, CGI and VFX.
What a VFX and CGI hell
Do you know who these names belong to? Normally we have two to four of these forces each day. We watch television news every day. Let’s see the anchor indicating the weather conditions and scenes of rain, storm and storm play out on the screen behind it, it looks like the anchor itself being there is telling us the conditions there. It can be called thick VFX or CGI technology. VFX stands for Visual Effects and CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery.
Let’s go a little further. A small producer is making a documentary. This documentary is to be made on a martyrs memorial. The monument is located at a distance of a thousand kilometers. For the documentary, you have to film the memorial and take it there and film the narration of the anchor. The budget is not so much that the anchor and the whole crew can be taken to the monument. But it is also very important for the anchor to go around the monument and comment on it. There is no money at the aunt’s. What to do? How to do? One way is to make an exact replica of the monument and use it and get the narration done by the anchor. But the problem here too is that making a replica is expensive, much more expensive than making an exact copy. Even after that, the real look doesn’t have to come.
In such a situation, VFX and CGI emerge as Robin Hood. Without taking the anchor and his team, they create such a scene as if the anchor is standing in front of the monument giving information about it. While the only thing that has been done is that the images of the empty monument have been requested by sending cameramen alone and if the budget is low, the images already available can be taken for use. Here, standing in front of the green screen background in the studio, the anchor speaks of the monument as if standing in front of the monument itself. Later in post-production, using editing software, the green screen is removed and shots of the monument are inserted into it. Later it is mixed and gives it a final shape. Seeing the final look, the viewer feels like the scenes were shot at the memorial. These amazing visual effects and computer generated images.
“Avatar” and many Hollywood movies like it use this technique. The basic method is certainly the same but there is a huge difference in technique. Not all visuals are the same, nor are their results the same. The material is such that the more sugar you add, the sweeter the dish will become.
New technology, money saving and excellent work
Let’s try to know roughly VFX, CGI and SFX Technique. Because it is not the purpose of this article to understand it or explain it in technical depth, hence the thick information. Using this technology saves time and money. Dangerous and impossible to watch scenes can also be easily created. Whether it’s dinosaurs that went extinct years ago or aliens waging war in space. Unimaginable and flying machines, seeing that the finger passes under the teeth. Thrilling sinking scenes from ‘Titanic’ or scenes from ‘Avenger’ and ‘Avatar’ and ‘Avatar’ 2. All of these visual effects and fellow CGI and SFX are amazing.
Same technique used in Bahubali, Robot
Whether very beautiful and breathtaking landscapes or dangerous action scenes. Or the creatures born of the imagination, all of these are created by mixing one or two of these techniques. You remember ‘Mowgli’, it’s a marvel of computer graphics. Remember the boy and the lion from ‘Life of Pi’, who travel on the same boat in the sea. There was a small teddy bear that we saw in the form of a lion.
When talking about Indian films based on these techniques, the name ‘Bahubali’ first comes to mind, thanks to these techniques, this film was able to become such a large and larger than life image. But it was not the first ‘Krrish’, ‘Ra One’ or ‘Robot’, they were made in India only. Miss ‘fly’ too. This technique has been openly used in many famous Southern films. Whether it’s the scene of an accident, a bombing, a tsunami, a flood, a storm, a jump from the roof, a robbery, a car explosion, etc. using these. .
Many people consider VFX and SFX to be the same, but it is not. VFSx ie Visual Effects (Computer Generated Visual Effects) are in fact added to the edit after the shooting. While SFX effects are done before filming, prosthetic makeup has a huge role to play. Bahubali is an example of VFX while Amitabh’s look in the movie ‘Paa’ was created with SFX. Likewise, the dwarf form of Shah Rukh Khan in Zero. Let us tell you that the technique used in green (sometimes blue) screen background is called chroma.
On the go, let’s know Bollywood’s reaction to Avatar 2. Ram Gopal Varma says in a positive way, “It would be a crime to call it a movie, because it’s like an experiment. Stunning action and gorgeous visuals. Jai Mehta, co-director of ‘Scam 1992’, says: ‘I have never seen such a visual spectacle on screen before. ‘Avatar’ has done to me today what ‘Jurassic Park’ did to me as a child. Akshay Kumar said that after watching “Avatar – The Way of Water”, no word below “fantastic” can be used for this movie. James Cameron, salute to your genius.