Why the Action-Packed VFX Sequences of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are ‘Marvel’lous

Why the Action-Packed VFX Sequences of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are ‘Marvel’lous

Whether you are an aspiring VFX professional or a superhero movie enthusiast, you are here because you are impressed by the visual effects of the original MCU series, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

The MCU, for more than a decade has been carrying the Torch of legendary CGI epics. But lately they have been trying to shift your attention from heavily CG-ed wars to grounded and realistic TV series like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. These shows have given us CGI scenes so perfect that none of us could have ever doubted it to not be real. From the aerial chase in the first episode and a few others that we would be exploring shortly. And who other than Weta Digital could have been trusted with such epic sequences amidst the global pandemic!

The show received a total of five award nominations including a nomination for a 2021 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. The VFX team involved was supervised by Charlie Tait who alongside Eric Leven have been part of the Weta digital team for over two decades. You may not have heard his name but we are pretty sure that you would have enjoyed his work, which includes Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool, Alita: Battle Angel, and Game Of Thrones Season 8. K

Meant for theaters, the production had a blockbuster budget with each of the six episodes reportedly costing $25 million and featuring a total of 2,500 visual effects shots.

Here are our top 3 favourite breakdowns of the VFX shots:

Madripoor
Establishing shots of Madripoor were entirely CGed with Hong Kong as the key reference for it. The uniquely shaped sky-scrapers and the dense slum was a mixture of on-set special effects and VFX. It’s amazing how they could show the stark contrast between the slum life and the riches all through CG, since Madipoor was essentially a pirate city.

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Credits: (c)Weta Digital and (c)Marvel Studios

Canyon chase sequence
It was the first of the sequence to make us realise the brilliance of MCU’s execution of fight scenes. But what makes it unique from the ones we saw in the movies was the different visual language using the GoPro mount.

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Credits: (c)Weta Digital and (c)Marvel Studios

Digital double of Walker
The Walker you saw running and jumping through the window was a CG John Walker. A stunt double enacted the fall through the window on the car but the dents, exploding car windows, and the smashing through the house window was CGed. It might seem simple to create it but calculating the intensity of the smash is challenging.

Some scenes had digital doubles of both Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. And since they have been in the MCU for a long time, they have become a few of the recognisable faces in the industry. Thus there wasn’t any room for the slightest of the mistakes in creating their CGs.

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Credits: (c)Weta Digital and (c)Marvel Studios

Truck battle
The trucks were absolutely stationary! The only thing moving was the CGI-Ed road. The road was moved at the required speed (120km/s) while adding bits of rocks, dirt and dust being kicked up subtly to enhance realism in the scene. In addition to that the sequence was shot in Atlanta (USA) and thus sign boards and surrounding environment was required to be transformed to that of Germany.

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Credits: (c)Weta Digital and (c)Marvel Studios via beforesandafters.com

Marvel is stepping up the game for other superhero franchises like The Boys (Prime) and the DCEU. We believe there are much more surprises waiting for us in ‘Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness’.

Have these action-packed VFX sequences inspired you to join a career course in VFX? If yes, wait no more. Check out this VFX Filmmaking course.   

VFX Studios in India that Made their Name in the Global Cinema

VFX Studios in India that Made their Name in the Global Cinema

Though Indian movies may be running a bit late to catch up with the global CGI and VFX, many of the popular Hollywood movie production houses choose companies in India for their visual effects works.

Don’t believe us? Here are some VFX companies in India that are becoming hot favorites among Hollywood filmmakers:

Digital Domain

The visual effects of the chart topping Hollywood superhero movies like Deadpool, X-men Apocalypse and Spider-man: Homecoming were all made possible by Digital Domain.

Phantom FX

It is a leading VFX company today, and have created the awesome transformations of robots to cars for Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. Along with it, they have worked on some other movies including The Avengers, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Ghostbusters.

Prana studios

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When watching Game of thrones most of you would at least have had one awe struck moment viewing the majestic fire-breathing Dragons. Well, the next time you watch those dragons, don’t forget to tell your friends or family that it is the work of Indian visual effects artists.

MPC

Since its inception in December 2010, the Bangalore division of Moving Picture Company (MPC) has delivered high quality visual effects for Hollywood movies. The team has contributed VFX for movies including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cinderella, and The Martian.

Prime Focus

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Avatar, one of the most expensive movies ever made, with a budget of Rs. 1,100 crore was revolutionary in terms of its visual effects. 200+ VFX shots for this movie was done by none other than the Indian company Prime Focus.

Prime focus founded by Namit Malhotra has now proved itself worthy enough to be the world’s largest independent and integrated media services powerhouse. To their credit are Hollywood entertainers like Gravity, Interstellar, Shrek, and Tron: Legacy, among others.

After winning the Oscar for the Best Visual Effects in 2010 for Gravity, in 2015 the team again got their well-deserved win for the same category for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar!

A year later, Prime Focus again received five Oscar nominations for their works in Tree of Life, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Hugo.

These simply prove that the VFX studios in India have already made their mark in the global cinema. The industry needs more and more trained VFX professionals to create such marvelous films. Now is the right time for you to enter the industry. Arena’s Vfx career course can definitely help you get started.

Which is your favorite VFX-heavy film till date? Let us know in the comments below.

Guide to Becoming a Visual Effects (VFX) Artist

Guide to Becoming a Visual Effects (VFX) Artist

What is Visual Effects?

At its core, Visual Effects (abbreviated VFX) is the process by which digital imagery is created to manipulate or enhance real world footage that has been filmed with a video camera. Visual effects involve the integration of video camera footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, time consuming or impossible to capture on film.

Visual Effects Are Not Just Limited To Big Block Buster Films, They Are Commonly Seen In Television Commercials, Broadcast Series, Architecture, Advertising And More

WHY WORK IN VISUAL EFFECTS?

Maybe because it’s a career that involves the perfect mix of story telling, cutting-edge technology and creativity. It could also be because you love films and want to hang out on set surrounded by movie stars. Maybe you want a career that allows you to travel the world or even work remotely from home. Or maybe it’s because you love drawing and building things with your hands and on the computer. There are so many reasons why you would want to work in Visual Effects and there are dozen of possible career paths open to you across multiple industries.

Important Skills needed to become a VFX artist

There are plenty of jobs available to people in the visual effects industry. For those of you interested in the more creative and technical roles there are definitely some important skills you should focus on early in your training. The skills I’m referring to are not related to software and technology. Those will come later when you really start digging into your training. However, a solid foundation in the following skills will help you for years to come:

  • Composition and light
  • Visual Aesthetics
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture & Anatomy
  • Mechanics and Movement
  • Passion for Film
  • Real world observation
  • Communication skills
  • Photography

How Do I Start Learning Visual Effects?

Traditionally speaking, there are two main ways to start learning Visual Effects. Go to a school, or teach yourself at home. It’s very easy to find persuasive case studies for both learning paths so which should you choose?

Regardless of which approach to learning vfx you take, the most important thing to do is start.

Regardless of which approach to learning you take, the most important thing to do is start. It’s that simple. Pick up a book, start sketching, watch and analyse a movie, watch documentaries about visual effects, attend local events. Just get started.

Some Words for Parents and Guardians

If you have read this far, then it’s clear that you care, but it also means that you are probably still a bit confused by all this and just want to make sure the right decisions are made. The Visual Effects industry is relatively new and there are so many avenues into this industry crossing creative and technical skills, so it’s a lot to take in but here are some key points you should remember:

  • the visual effects industry opens a lot of doors to travel around the world.
  • there are plenty of opportunities out there, and it’s not slowing down
  • skills learned at Visual Effects schools are not just for films. Television, Advertising, Architecture, Automotive Industry, Medical, Games, use lots of VFX and these are only set to grow over the years.
  • career progression into senior management roles is quite common. There are studio executives that started as runners and junior artists.
  • visual effects artists can win Oscars, help solve medical problems, visualise cities and even space. Imagination really is the only limit here these days
  • so please make sure to support your children with their own creative projects whether it’s film, drawing, music, writing, technology or gaming. It all helps.

Thanks for reading this guide. I plan to keep updating this often to make sure it remains relevant and helpful. Please reach out to me via the comments section with any suggestions or questions.

Launching vfx composting and Editing program

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Arena Animation –India’s premiere Media and Entertainment Training Institute offers power packed programs that help shape a Student Creative Career. Arena Animation Sayajigunj Located in vadodara one of Best and No 1 training Institute in Gujarat andwest Zone For Animation –Vfx and Gaming courses which caters need of student to become Professional In Animation Film makingVfx Film making and Gaming courses in vadodara .

The world of visual effects relies on the wizardry of VFX Compositors & Video Editors. From Spiderman jumping across buildings to Baahubali fighting an entire army, everything is the magic of post-production, of which Compositing and Editing are the two most important aspects.

The Indian Animation & VFX industry is estimated to reach ` 151.80 billion in 2023.The Media & Entertainment industry is also expected to provide 65 lakh jobs by 2022.*

VFX Compositors are responsible for photo-realistic output by seamlessly integrating live action footage & computer graphics 2D and / or 3D, special effects. Video Editing requires visual aesthetic, a sense of pacing to draw out the emotion of the story, and an attention to detail. The artistic skills required for the role of VFX Compositor and Video Editor is the understanding of the elements of composition, lighting and shadow and colour. Therefore, Arena Animation has introduced the VFX Compositing & Editing Program.

The Vfx Compositing and Editing program Gives students better understanding about the concepts and fundamentals required for 3d Visual Effects Compositing and Video Editing.It helps students demonstrate the VFX pre-production process of Animatics and 3D Previsualization (Previz)It helps them learn and demonstrate the VFX process of Roto, Paint, Roto-prep, Keying, Matchmoving, Live Action Matte Painting & CompositingIt makes students understand and utilize the VFX Compositing workflow using industry-relevant software – Nuke, Silhouette & 3D EqualizerIt helps them learn and understand the Grammar of the edit to demonstrate Video Editing skills using Adobe Premiere / Final Cut Pro.It teaches students the skills of Colour Grading for Web Series, Commercial Ads, TV & Films.

The Student will learn the Following software’s :-
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The Course will give Opportunities to the Students of Vadodara who want to make Vfx Career with professional environment –technology and proper dedicated institution that really caters the demand of 3d Visual Effects Artist required by industry.

After the Completion of the Course the students are eligible with multiple job opportunities and profiles available in Vfx Industry and they can choose from it such as :-Previz Artist-Compositor-Roto artist-3D tracking Artist-Paint artist-Roto –prep Artist-Matte Paint Artist-MatchMove Artist-Video Editor-Motion Graphics Designer&Colour Grading Artist.

The program opens doors to multiple career avenues in many industries such as Advertising –Retail- Animation and Film Vfx Studios- Media and Entertainment industry – Digital Advertising and Many More.

Arena Animation Sayajigunj – India’s premiere Media and Entertainment training institute. We offers power-packed courses  that help shape a student’s creative career. We trains students in industry-relevant, employment-oriented skills through advanced tools.

Vfx Film Making Course that makes you an all-round VFX specialist.

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From blockbuster Films to big-budget shows, VFX has become an integral element of the media and entertainment industry. It strikes a balance between art and technology. With the VFX Film Making Course, students can learn the art of VFX design along with VFX techniques on the latest software in the industry.

The curriculum is designed to help students master all the skills needed to be successful in the VFX Film Making world. It equips students with the knowledge required to create complex visual effects, enabling them to become successful professionals in the industry.

The Indian M&E industry is growing at 13.5% per annum and is expected to be worth INR 3.07 trillion in 2024* . The M&E industry is also is expected to provide 65 lakh jobs by 2022.**

Vfx Film Making An Ideal Program for you

  • VFX Film Making teaches students to conceptualise, visualise, plan, implement, execute ideas and become job-ready
  • The program teaches students the complete workflow of VFX in Film Making
  • Students will get a chance to visit top studios in the industry and work on practical assignments
  • Students will also be given opportunities to attend master classes by industry experts
  • Industry experts will help students create a portfolio in the area of specialization
  • Students will be able to log into an online platform for mentorship

Where reality meets and blends with the imagination, Visual Effects (VFX) begins. Our VFX courses trains you to become all-round VFX specialists. Right from the fundamentals to the most advanced techniques and tools, you will learn all that the industry demands from a skilled professional.

With the production of movies like The Avengers and Bahubali, and television shows like Game of Thrones that is set in fantasy worlds, the demand for visual effects is on the rise. Learn VFX and transform the ordinary into extraordinary!

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The program opens doors to multiple career avenues in a wide spectrum of industries:

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The VFX Film Making course helps you gain the understanding of VFX film-making production pipeline & the skills needed to be successful as a VFX professional working in Hollywood, Bollywood, and the Regional film industry.

The course enables you to contribute to the process of storytelling in films with a complete knowledge of Visual Effects.

The modules cover everything from VFX pre-production to 3D & VFX Production and VFX Post Production.

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  • Previz / Postviz Artist
  • Asset Artist
  • Layout Artist
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  • FX Artist
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  • Compositor

We are driven to make you employable. Arena Animation focuses on Employment Driven Education and is committed to skill enhancement for the youth. Arena not only provides our students technical skills, but also empowers them with interpersonal skills, which are mandatory for a good job.

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