VFX and CGI explained, how these technologies brought a revolution to film industry

VFX and CGI have brought a revolution to the film industry. In todays cinemas the role of VFX are very important.

Raushan Kumar
Raushan Kumar

Thanks to movies and television, we all experience fantasy worlds that never existed on our Earth. Even “if we don’t generally enjoy the fantasy genre, we certainly see these influences in action – whether in movies, advertising or even video games. So what is VFX? How and why do filmmakers use it? We’ll explore VFX by defining the term with examples from some of your favorite movies. In this article the viewers will come to know the difference between VFX and CGI.

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Meaning of VFX

VFX, that’s all we can say, are special effects used to add depth to the visual representation of a story and have been used in films in one form or another almost since the first films. Since that time visual effects have been used frequently and not just for special effects. Matte painting was used to add non-existent ceilings on some film sets. Visual effects have continued to evolve to truly provide the sights for the film. Full Form of VFX is – VFX stands for Visual Effects for short Visual FX.

What is VFX?

Visual effects (VFX) Any imagery created for a film, or other moving media. A term used to describe shots that cannot be taken during live-action shooting. VFX is the integration between real footage and this manipulated imagery to create realistic looking environments for context. These created environments are either too dangerous to actually shoot in, or they just don’t exist in the world. They use computer-generated imagery (CGI), and VFX software in particular, to do this. VFX producers communicate with directors and cinematographers to determine which scenes to shoot with green screen.

Why is VFX is so important

VFX, simply stated, are special effects used to give depth to the visual representation of a story and have been used in films in one form or another almost since the first films. Since that time visual effects used frequently and not only for special effects. In some films, matte painting is use to add non-existent ceilings to the sets. Visual effects have continued to evolve to truly provide the sights for the film.

With the advent of digital and computer graphics as tools for visual effects, artists are now able to exercise control over their images that was not possible before. These are additions to your toolbox of previous techniques, including models and miniatures if desired. Almost all films coming out of Hollywood use visual effects to some degree, and many independent films incorporate visual effects. Keep in mind that visual effects aren’t just for science fiction and fantasy movies. They can use extensively in period films and even in present day comedies.

Types of VFX

Today you cannot imagine a single Hollywood or Bollywood film without the use of visual effects. The entire VFX is classified into 5 different categories.

1. Simulation fx

2. Animation

3. Modeling

4. Matte painting

5. Combination

What does VFX artists do?

A VFX professional is responsible for creating special effects, and cleaning for commercials and films. The typical workday of a VFX artist is a 10-hour, deadline-based visual effects job that requires a high level of creativity.

The best part of a visual effects artist’s job is that they can experience the glamor of the film and advertising industry. As you know creativity needs a different mindset so the life of VFX professionals is different from the common life.

How VFX makes work easy?

It’s flexible and they provide benefits for a wide range of video creation, from live footage visuals, converted video and computer-generated images.

Here are several ways in which it can help make your work easier:

1.Create Flashes of Enthusiasm and Performance in Your Work

The use of various VFX techniques in your project enables you to visualize and demonstrate the product to the clients at an early stage of product development rather than investing all the resources and efforts in building the product. In addition, its use allows you to visualize products that no traditional shooting process can match.

2. The X Factor: Entertainment and Memorability

Images are process by our brain many times faster than words. Hence, using eye-catching visuals to leave a lasting impression in the minds of the users. They help create a visual and emotional connection with the audience. Thus, this and animation can make a boring theme engaging for the users.

3. Strengthen brand identity with visual effects

Brand extension and brand popularity are reinforce when special visual effects use color, design and elements to match your business. It reinforces your brand communication and style with a much wider set of audiences. Nearly every film and TV show uses some form of augmented visualization. While these are evident in high-end creations that include exploding structures or mammoth robots, they can be just as basic as anchoring the foundation of a one-shot for a business or just taking it to a different world.

Top 10 VFX making Softwares



3. BIG







10. V RAY

Top 10 Hollywood movies based on VFX

1. Interstellar

2. Inception

3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

4. Jurassic Park

5. Avatar

6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

7. Pacific Rim Uprising

8. Gravity

9. Avengers: Age of Ultron

10. The Matrix

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Top 10 Indian movies based on VFX

1: Adipurush

2. Brahmstra Part 1

 3: Baahubali: The Beginning

 4: Krish 3

 5: Syeraa Narasimha Reddy

6: RRR

7: Bahubali 2

8:  2.O

9: Minnal Murali

10: Makkhi

What is CGI?•

1. CGI

CGI – In this, two D and three D images or backgrounds are created with the help of computer. Apart from this, dragon, dinosaur or any monster can be made. In the film, war scenes, crowds and accidents can make through CGI. Six different departments also come under CGI. Like modeling artist, texturing artist, lighting artist, animation artist, FX artist, compositor artist.

• Finally comes the work of the compositor. After all these are prepare, they are compose together. After this the footage is rendered. and get the final footage

2. Special Effects

After CGI, special effects are insert in it. This is similar to doing FX. The only difference is that 3D effects are insert in CGI. While special effects are put in normal locations.

3. Motion Capture

In this any actor is digitally record. Then it is transfer to the model created by CGI. For this, the actor is made to wear a special kind of shoot. This is called motion capture shoot. Movies like Avatar, Planet of the Apps etc. have shot with this technique.

4. Prosthetic Makeup

Through this the face of any character can be changed. Like Amitabh Bachchan was given the form of a child in Amitabh Bachchan’s film Paa, Rajkumar  shown as an old man in Raabta etc.

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