10 Common Misconceptions About VFX and Breaking Them.
Starting from the nail-biting thriller Jaws, by Steven Spielberg in 1975 to the very recent highest-grossing film in the world Avengers Endgame, VFX has come a long way. Visual effects have constituted a significant amount of the budget of practically every movie released in the past decade. Despite its immense popularity, there are some misconceptions about VFX that exists among the viewers and amateur VFX artists. This article will attempt to clear a few of these misconceptions with a better understanding of the art of VFX.
#1 Visual effects= animation
Even in today’s time where both animation and VFX have quite predominantly individualized themselves into two separate categories, people still think that they are the same. This is highly inaccurate. Visual effects are the special effects applied to live cinematography, while animation refers to creating the illusion of motion and shape change, through a rapid display of a series of drawings, either done by hand or on a computer.
#2 Visual effects are costly
Producers often shy away from investing in VFX movies due to the misconception that it is costly. In reality, it is actually the opposite, a plethora of visual effect companies have made the business competitive, offering cutting-edge technologies at minimal costs. Thus people who do invest in VFX movies are not only earning popularity but profits as well.
#3 Forgetting the art of traditional film making
Traditional filmmakers are of the opinion that the art of traditional filmmaking is dying due to visual effects that can serve everything on a platter. But when movies fail, it is not because of their VFX, they are mostly because of their bad narratives. Visual effects only serve as a supplement to the art of movie-making.
Most people think that the special effects industry is limited to national borders when the reality is that most of the visual effects work is done abroad, and is spreading far and wide every day.
#5 Bollywood is unable to do great in visual effects
Bollywood has proved itself in the visual effects race several times with movies like Bahubali, Fan, Kick, Robot, etc. In fact, a lot of work from Hollywood gets regularly outsourced to India, yes you heard it right many VFX works for your favorite movies like Avengers or Spiderman is done by Indian VFX artists.
#6 Going far away from reality
VFX artists are often blamed to be going so over the top that it takes the movie far from reality. For example, it is not humanly possible that a punch can send a man flying across the ground. But it the director and producer of the film who decides to sacrifice the rational and realistic context of the movie in order to wow the crowd with the VFX. The visual artists are just following the orders. Apart from this, there are various visual effects present in a movie scene that is so realistic and subtle that people can’t even notice it.
#7 Everything is done by one company
Anyone who has waited till the credits scene of any VFX movie will definitely know that the amount of VFX required in feature films today, can’t be done by a single company. With various special effects companies offering different software and specializations, even low budget movies employ a number of companies that execute CGI and special effects.
#8 Time consuming
In the initial years of VFX, it was truly a time-consuming process due to the lack of advanced computing. But in the present times, high tech processors and terabytes of hard disk space have made it possible to create spellbinding visual effects in no time.
#9 Mainstream Bollywood detests visual effects
Quite the opposite, almost every popular movie produced in India today has a significant amount of its budget devoted to visual effects.
#10 Visual effects are only used in movies
In reality, nowadays, television shows and even commercial advertisements feature spellbinding visual effects. Low-cost effect techniques have encouraged special effects companies to feature specially produced videos on online platforms.
We hope we could clear out most of your misconceptions. Now that you do know that VFX is one of the most convenient and profitable industries to work in today’s times, are you willing to join the industry? If you do, first and most importantly enroll yourself into an established VFX institute like Rotomaker Academy.