How much of the film did you direct? It seems you got portions of the film re-shot?
Almost half of the film to suit the new look.
The special effects of Arundhati were one of the highlights of the film. How did you conceptualise and work on them?
I'm glad you think so. As visual effects supervisor, Arundhati was a dream come true.
SFX has improved immensely. We did a lot of work at the pre-production, production and post-production stages. We worked from scratch. That's the ideal way to work. During the story discussions itself, we decided whether the film required visual special effects or not.
We could cut down the complexities and the output which do not look good. We did storyboards, pre-visualisation and picking out the locations. Only then did we start shooting. It was so well planned that we knew how many shots to take. This way, we saved a lot of time and energy.
As visual effects supervisor, certain scenes were shot from the visual effects point of view. At post-production stage, we could execute what we have done.
The SFX blended seamlessly too. How did you achieve that?
It was my conscious attempt to ensure that the visual effects don't stand out separately but blend in with the story. It's the responsibility of the visual effects supervisor to do that.
The seamless blend happens only when you sit right from the content stage -- initial stage. Generally SFX in India are not used so well because of some myths which need to be cleared. First some people want to enhance visual effects so that it gets to be shown. But when one is unsure, the shot goes wrong and only the SFX stands out.
One has to avoid both extremes and help the creator exploit the medium at its peak.
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