For today’s post, I wanted to share something different from the usual. Something that I believe is extremely important and that deserves to be shared once more through this blog. Coming back home after work today, I stumbled on this short documentary (30minutes) called “Life after Pi”. Named after the film the “Life of Pi“, this documentary narrates the story behind the bankruptcy of R&S, the company that made the VFX art for that movie.
Key-in into the VFX background
VFX is today at the heart of every movie. VFX that stands for Visual FX (effects) is not just a part of the movie production process, but truly and art that requires a certain degree of mastery. Our productions (no mine, theirs – the studios) is these days entirely depended on it and techniques such as green-screening is a small part of it. (remember I used quickly this technique in my documentary)
VFX is all about adding that of reality/realism feel to a movie by giving life to the most epic ideas the guys behind the scenario could have had. But after seeing this documentary, I came to realize that in this industry, things are not all pink and wonderful as they seem to be. Indeed, in the background of oscars and awards celebrations, there is the work of thousands of people. People that ironically never see the green color of money. And thus even though the movie they worked on brought millions …
Truly upsetting , the situation has killed several VFX studios over the past years. With the hopes of having awaken a bit of your curiosity, go check out this documentary if you want to know more about the topic.
Leaving it to yourself to think a bit about all this – please share your thoughts below.