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Bengaluru: Makuta weaves Baahubali magic

Published May 14, 2017, 8:46 am IST
Updated May 14, 2017, 8:46 am IST
A file photo of Pete Draper with director S S Rajamouli on the sets of Baahubali: The Conclusion
 A file photo of Pete Draper with director S S Rajamouli on the sets of Baahubali: The Conclusion

Bengaluru: Every frame and every sequence of both the parts of Baahubali movie have been a visual treat for the audience. From the grand palace of Mahishmati to the epic fall of the monumental statue to the famously known as the 'angry bird' sequence, everything in the movie has been created to through high-end VFX or visual effects technology. 

It's an Indian visual effects and animation company called Makuta that's responsible for creating the unforgettable visual grandeur shown in both the movies. One of the co-founders and CEO of Makuta, Pete Draper said that the five long years of franchise with the Baahubali team was "hectic". 

Draper, who was in the city to conduct a workshop on VFX in a three-day animation, gaming and visual effects conference held in Bengaluru, said, "The making of Baahubali 1 consumed more time." 

Turning assets into VFX required a massive team effort. However, in the second part, the team was able to take up the assets created in the first part and tweak them a little bit in the second part. "Bahubali part 2 became little easier because we had taken a lot of time to create assets in the first part," said Draper. 

He said that a team of over 80 members scattered across 35 studios, worked relentlessly to bring the imagination of the director S S Rajamouli into a reality. 

Talking about the kind of homework the Makuta team had done to deliver the final results, Draper said that it around six months of post-production work.  

He also spoke about the future of VFX technology where virtual impersonation can become a reality. "It looks like you're acting while somebody else is impersonating you by putting on your face with VFX. Artificial intelligence or AI can also play out in a big way in the VFX industry by replacing manual work," he said. 

Makuta has worked with  Rajamouli earlier in movies such as Magadheera and Eega, winning two national awards. 

Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru


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