In the recent times, the doors of International cinema have been constantly kept open for the Indian movies for its distinct elegance in technical aspects. Well, it was a dream for many technicians, especially in Tamil film industry to stand out on pars with Hollywood technology and today, it has become a reality.
Surya starrer ‘Maatraan‘ has been listed as one of the best movies with proficient VFX works in chart-topping global VFX site ‘Fx Guide’ under the tag of ‘A new wave of brilliant invisible effects’.
According to their vivid analysis, they have mentioned that it was a challenging work to accomplish as actor Surya‘s role as conjoined twins had formed the intriguing part of the film. Thanks to VFX Supervisor Srinivas Mohan from Indian Artists as his widespread knowledge towards every aspect of this technology bestowed the makers of this film with good results.
Srinivas Mohan had to go through various options to get the finest outputs that include Digital Head replacement and multi-camera re-projections followed by crafting of shots over the twins dancing, fighting and acting together in the same frame.
If you’re guessing or turning more inquisitive about how it was conjoined twin Surya on the screens, here is a brief note behind its feat of achievement. Initially, the entire shooting of the film took place with a body double for Surya followed by which the head would be replaced by that of the actor. But it isn’t easy take to capture the faster movements of dance and action sequences, moreover to capture the close up emotions on the face. Well, they were all achieved through the digital effects, where Surya had to go through various facial scans in the backdrops of Light Stage in Los Angeles.
Guess what’s more interesting about Surya‘s face effects. To capture the detailed record of his reactions in the wide shot, the actor had to wear a helmet rig made up of LED strips, CCD cam and iPhone 4s. It is worth mentioning that the famous Maya and Jupiter Jazz‘s Jupiter Skin were used to model the digital head.
Srinivas Mohan ideated with an interesting measure to capture the body double performance of Surya that was captured based on the numbered beats like (1,2,3,4….n) that was carefully noted by the actor for a reference point.