Technology to bring late actors to life on screen

Technology will bring actors-turned-politicians M G Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa back to life for the animated movie Kizhakku Africavil Raju slated for release in 2019.

The movie will use the latest technology in filmmaking and is directed by M Arul Moorthy who created animation and VFX for Indias first 3D movie My Dear Kuttichathan.

Speaking at a discussion on Emerging Trends and Technologies for New Age Moviemaking at the film festival, Moorthy described his plans for the movie.

“I will use performance-capture to make the movie of photo-realistic quality. We are creating hardware which can capture the movements of objects like cars and bikes. I want even the trees and grass to look alive so that they are real and believable,” Moorthy said.

Performance-capture acting is a technology in which actors wear sensors on their skin and act, while the cameras capture their movement from different angles. This technique is used to make realistic animated characters such as the character of Gollum in the Lord of the Ring series played by Andy Serkis.

“In my movie, there are ten main actors and a total of 100 characters. We are going to place 108 cameras in a circle and make the actor stand in the centre. Pictures will be clicked from 360 degrees and a software will create a model of the actor,” Moorthy said.

Kizhakku Africavil Raju is set in East Africa and is based on the character Raju, played by MGR in his super hit movie Ulakam Chuttum Valiban.

Moorthy said that the technology is advancing so quickly that soon it would be impossible to differentiate between real and created images in a film. “It is mind-blowing what technology can do. Things that take months with traditional animation only take minutes now,” he said.

The technology of 3D printing is also being used in the film industry to create finely-detailed props.

Kannada film director and cinematographer for Mungaru Male S Krishna said that Kannada actors should capture their images in 360 degrees every year so that even after they grow old, movies can be made with their younger selves.

He said that such advanced technology is not being used in the Kannada film industry now because of budget constraints but it could be beneficial once it becomes cheaper.

Technology will bring actors-turned-politicians M G Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa back to life for the animated movie ‘Kizhakku Africavil Raju’ slated for release in 2019.

The movie will use the latest technology in filmmaking and is directed by M Arul Moorthy who created animation and VFX for India’s first 3D movie ‘My Dear Kuttichathan’.

Speaking at a discussion on ‘Emerging Trends and Technologies for New Age Moviemaking’ at the film festival, Moorthy described his plans for the movie.

“I will use performance-capture to make the movie of photo-realistic quality. We are creating hardware which can capture the movements of objects like cars and bikes. I want even the trees and grass to look alive so that they are real and believable,” Moorthy said.

Performance-capture acting is a technology in which actors wear sensors on their skin and act, while the cameras capture their movement from different angles. This technique is used to make realistic animated characters such as the character of Gollum in the Lord of the Ring series played by Andy Serkis.

“In my movie, there are ten main actors and a total of 100 characters. We are going to place 108 cameras in a circle and make the actor stand in the centre. Pictures will be clicked from 360 degrees and a software will create a model of the actor,” Moorthy said.

Kizhakku Africavil Raju is set in East Africa and is based on the character Raju, played by MGR in his super hit movie Ulakam Chuttum Valiban.

Moorthy said that the technology is advancing so quickly that soon it would be impossible to differentiate between real and created images in a film. “It is mind-blowing what technology can do. Things that take months with traditional animation only take minutes now,” he said.

The technology of 3D printing is also being used in the film industry to create finely-detailed props.

Kannada film director and cinematographer for ‘Mungaru Male’ S Krishna said that Kannada actors should capture their images in 360 degrees every year so that even after they grow old, movies can be made with their younger selves.

He said that such advanced technology is not being used in the Kannada film industry now because of budget constraints but it could be beneficial once it becomes cheaper.

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