How Hollywood makes High Quality Block Buster VFX Movies so Fast?
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How Hollywood makes High Quality Block Buster VFX Movies so Fast?

VFX movies are becoming more and more visually rich with every major Hollywood blockbuster release. Ever wondered, how these high quality movies get release back to back? Learn how to make Hollywood movies.

VFX movies had became one of the most popular genre of Hollywood. In today’s scenario, every movie has some sort of Visual Effects and Animation for better story telling and content rich presentation. In fact, it had became an integral part of every major blockbuster movie. We are covering various breakthrough news in this Animation and VFX blog.

20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures (Viacom), Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios are some of the giant Hollywood studios behind major high quality block buster VFX movies. These studios control various modules of Film making – from concept, shooting to distribution. Their network is spreaded all over the globe under various chains.

Making a love, comedy, musical, drama movie is comparatively less time consuming compare to VFX heavy action, superhero, futuristic, fantasy or period movies. The later category requires tons of digital CG (Computer Graphics) shots to complete the movie. Some of the sequences are partially shooted and then integrated with required CGI rendering passes and some are purely digitized from various 3D software applications like Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, Side Effects Houdini or any other package.

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VFX is a huge industry & needs talented, skilled individuals. The VFX industry is expected to be worth ₹6350 crores by 2020 in India. If you wish to join the VFX filmmaking industry, you have to develop high-quality visual impacts for films, TV, video games and ads. To join this industry, learn the ideal abilities and obtain the right training with the VFX filmmaking program from Arena Ahmedabad.

Bollywood and Hollywood films utilize VFX to create incredible effects and practical atmospheres in films. Via aesthetic results, the artists could make interesting things occur in movies– bomb blasts, natural catastrophes, superpowers, flying items, etc. that are hard or impossible to fire in reality.

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The typical 3D and VFX movie workflow is as follows: 
Concept art 
Storyboard / Pre Production 
3D Cinematic / Animatics / Previs 
Sculpting of main characters and props (if required) 
3D Modeling, UV unwraping, Texturing 
Rigging, Animation 
FX / Simulation 
Shading, Lighting 
Render passes 
Live action shooting 
Rotoscoping, Chroma removal, Tracking, Matchmoving, Wire removal, Paint (Prep), Matte painting 
Projection mapping, Relighting 
Compositing of all elements 

The above-mentioned workflow is just the raw outline of the very complex VFX pipeline. It is modified for each movie with various modules, which are overlapped in the back and forth method. They are interconnected with various small operations. It changes per movie, as per the project complexity, delivery deadline, quality, and team size.

Each module takes its own respective time for development and execution. Although, Hollywood comes with lots of VFX based movies in a shorter time span without compromising the quality level. Each major VFX movie breaks earlier movie effects and sets a new benchmark. And again it is smashed in a new movie – and the cycle goes on. It is achievable due to their ‘smart work’.

All major Hollywood production houses and studios have adapted new-age technologies to increase productivity with greater details in less time. This is the reason they execute so many movies very fast. Check out the main technological advancements:
1) 3D Scanner and Digitizers:

Gone are the days of laborious modeling, UV unwrapping and texturing process. If the movie requires Digi Doubles (Digital Doubles) of real-life actor, it is not modeled from scratch. The actor is digitally scanned which gives high detailed 3D geometry with the skin texture details. If required, this 3D mesh can be edited or deformed with complete control through different software applications. Right now, all major movies used Digital Doubles for complex camera movement shots. Everything is achieved without data loss!

3D scanning models are one of the major breakthroughs in the new era of film making. The director can focus on his/her visionary output rather than worrying about the complexity or technical details. The human character/prop is scanned from 360°. Various pictures are also taken from multiple angles as reference images. The 3D scanned data is aligned and merged until the accurate details are achieved. 3D modeling and the texturing artist will do the finishing work. They remove all seam lines and maintains realistic textures.

It all started with ‘Light Stage’. It is a lighting dome where the actor sits and the light rig setup captures the character's facial details completely. Gradually, it evolved on a huge canvas where the actor can do other physical activities rather than just sitting. Technological up-gradation included advanced texture capture, geometry alignment, and full-body performance scanning. The latest avatar is ‘Light Stage X’ with advanced LED rig setup and controls. USC ICT (University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies) is the major name for this innovative technology.

Following is the list of some major 3D scanner companies that provide this service: 

Digital Emily is one of the historical landmark. Light Stage captured high detailed facial expressions of Emily. Only digital face got rendered with several CGI render passes and it replaced the real actor. It was achieved by Image Metrics and USC ICT.

Check out complete CGI breakdown of Digital Emily.
Some of the notable 3D scanning works of blockbuster VFX movies are:
Matrix Revolutions 
Spiderman 2 
TRON: Legacy 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 
Avatar 
The Social Network 
Terminator Genisys 
The Avengers 
Gravity 
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