After a long wait, the epic science fiction film ‘Avatar 2’ i.e. ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ entered the club of 300 crores in India in a total of 15 days. He got this figure as expected or rather sooner than expected. The total collection of the film in India on the 18th day was 342 crores and the worldwide collection was around 12000 crores. But we are not going to talk much about how much the film earned or how many records it broke; We are here to talk about technology.
Who is the real hero of this film obviously James Cameron. Anyhow, he is the director of this film and it is said about films that it is the director’s media. Above all, he is the co-producer of this film, co-writer in the story and screenplay. He has created the characters of the film. Overall it is a creation of James. 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 VFX, CGI and SFX techniques. There is no doubt that these are just tools that James has used very beautifully. Not only have they used it, but they have also waited for the technology to come along, the long wait – the ‘jo maza intezaar mein hai woh vasle yaar mein kahan’ wala wait. The first movie of the franchise ‘Avatar’ was released on 18 December 2009 while the second movie was able to see the golden screen on 16 December 2022 after thirteen years. The first movie also did not take shape easily. The initial work started on this from 1994, which took the shape of the film in 2009. Some people say ‘Dreams are never ours’, wrongly say the production of ‘Avatar’ series is actually a dream come true.
It so happened that James’s mother actually saw a strange woman twelve feet tall in a dream. He told James about his dream and James put his mother’s dream in his creative mind and ‘Avatar’ incarnated in the form of this creative loche. Cameron had earlier made the legend movie ‘Titanic’ in 1997. , Which also got four Oscars including Best Film, Best Director. Apart from this, the production-direction of ‘The Terminator’ series is also in Cameron’s account.
Back to ‘Avatar’, let’s talk a little practically. Taking a decision is a different thing, taking it to the end is a different thing. Well, James Cameron had the passion for it. Because of this, James had prepared the first draft of 80 pages in 1994 itself. But what happens only with passion, when James decided to bring his dream to the celluloid screen, the ground reality turned his dream upside down. But it has to be accepted that everything happens with passion. When Cameron found that the technology needed to make the dream a reality did not yet exist, he decided to wait. Took it with the belief that necessary technology useful for him is bound to come, I too. Means the fruit of patience is sweet, proved once again. That technology was VFX, CGI and VFX.
What a hell VFX and CGI
Do you know whose names are these? Normally we have two to four of these forces everyday. We watch TV news everyday. Let’s see that the anchor is telling the weather condition and scenes of rain, storm and storm are playing on the screen behind, it seems that the anchor herself being present at the spot is telling us the condition there. This can be called thick fat VFX or CGI technology. VFX stands for Visual Effects and CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery.
Let’s go a little deeper. A small producer is making a documentary. This documentary is to be made on a memorial of the martyrs. The monument is located at a distance of thousand kilometers. For the documentary, it is necessary to shoot the memorial and take it there and shoot the anchor’s narration. The budget is not so much that the anchor and the entire 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 in the aunt. 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 it is not necessary that the real look will 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 footage of the empty monument has been asked by sending cameramen alone and if the budget is low, the already available footage can be taken for use. Here, standing in front of the green screen background in the studio, the anchor is telling about the monument as if she is standing in front of the monument itself. Later in post production, with the help of editing software, the green screen is removed and shots of the monument are inserted there. Later it is mixed and given a final shape. Seeing the final look, the viewer feels as if the scenes have been shot at the memorial. These amazing visual effects and computer generated imagery.
‘Avatar’ and many Hollywood films like this use this technique. The basic method is definitely the same but there is a huge difference in technique. Not all visuals are the same, nor are their results the same. The matter is such that the more sugar you put, the sweeter the dish will become.
New technology, money saving and great work
Let’s try to know roughly about VFX, CGI and SFX Technique. Because it is not the purpose of this article to understand or explain it in technical depth, hence thick information. Using this technology saves time and money. Dangerous and impossible looking scenes can also be easily created. Be it dinosaurs that ended years ago or aliens fighting a war in space. Unimaginable and such flying machines, seeing which the finger reaches under the teeth. Thrilling scenes of sinking of ‘Titanic’ or scenes of ‘Avenger’ and ‘Avatar’ and ‘Avatar’ 2. All these visual effects and its fellow CGI and SFX are amazing.
Same technique used in Bahubali, Robot
Be it very beautiful and mind-blowing scenery or dangerous action scenes. Or the creatures born out of imagination, all these are created by mixing one or two of these techniques. You remember ‘Mowgli’, this is a wonder of computer graphics. Remember the boy and the lion from ‘Life of Pi’, who are traveling on the same boat in the sea. It had a small teddy bear which we saw in the form of a lion.
Talking about Indian films based on these techniques, the name of ‘Bahubali’ comes to mind first, due to these techniques, this film was able to become such a grand 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 used openly in many famous films of South. Be it the scene of an accident, or a bomb blast, or tsunami, flood, storm, jumping from the roof, flying, car blast, etc. There are such scenes which cannot be made in real or are very expensive, they are shown with the help of these. .
Many people consider VFX and SFX to be the same, but it is not so. VFSx ie Visual Effects (Computer Generated Visual Effects) are actually added in editing after the shoot. While the effects of SFX are done before the shoot, prosthetic makeup has a huge role to play. Bahubali is an example of VFX while Amitabh’s look in the film ‘Paa’ was created with SFX. Similarly, the dwarf form of Shah Rukh Khan in Zero. Let us tell you that the technique used in the background of green (sometimes blue) screen is called chroma.
On the go, let’s know the reaction of Bollywood on Avatar 2. Ram Gopal Varma says in a positive sense, ‘It would be a crime to call it a film, because it is like an experience. Mind-blowing 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 in my childhood. Akshay Kumar said after watching ‘Avatar – The Way of Water’, no word below ‘fantastic’ can be used for this film. James Cameron, salute to your genius craft.