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"Hundreds of artists worked to bring Vishnuvardhan back to life," says Pete Draper : Shivanagam ·
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“Hundreds of artists worked to bring Vishnuvardhan back to life,” says Pete Draper : Shivanagam

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The official teaser of the most awaited movie Shivanagam had been released by the movie makers a few days back on Youtube and has clocked 1 million successful views. The movie features Vishnuvardhan in the main lead and Ramya will be seen sharing the screen space with him. The director of the movie is Kodi Rama Krishna who had given the blockbuster movie Arundhati. The producers of the movie are Sohal Ansari and Dhaval Jayanti Lal Gada.

One of the main highlights of the film is the high quality VFX and CGI which has caught the attention of the audience which is done by Makuta VFX a company in Hyderabad that has worked on blockbuster hits like Naan Ee and Baahubali.

Makuta has just completed the visual effects for Shivanagam, that brings Vishnuvardhan, the Kannada superstar, back to life on the silver screen. Ramya, now a Congress leader who insists she is not getting back to films, is eager to promote the film. She will play a 120-foot snake with Vishuvardhan, who appears as a 140-foot snake. Makers of the lavishly mounted film, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, have reportedly spent `11 crore of the `40-crore budget just to create the character of Vishnuvardhan. In an interview with a leading newspaper, Peter Draper the CEO of Makuta VFX talks about the film.

He says, “There were hundreds of artists collectively working on the sequence to bring Vishnuvardhan back to screen. We used a lot of live references, from the dupe artistes to footage from his last few features, which everyone remembers vividly. Many methods were used, depending on the shot’s requirements; we analysed each shot to determine the best way to apply his performance. It was a big challenge, not only to get the snakes looking right in every shot, but also to get the animation correct. Snakes are notoriously difficult to animate because of the way they move across a surface, so we struggled for sometime before working out an intuitive way.”

He further added, “The primary thing was to ensure the snake had a large screen presence and looked effective as a principal character. We spent many months to ensure each shot was correct as we knew it would be critically analysed, and it had to be perfect. The primary work was to stylise the snake transformation the heroine goes through to exact revenge on those who have wronged her. We didn’t want a simple transition, but a complex and stylised one showing in detail her emotions and turmoil, and emphasising the connection.”

The movie also features Mukul Dev and Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay playing the supportive roles.The music for the movie has been composed by Guru Kiran. The director of photography is Venu. Jony Harsha had taken the editing rights of the movie.  The audio and trailer launch will happen very soon. Stay tuned!

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