The prospects for VFX Artists in India
Everyone wanted to see the popular film Avengers: End Game, but they were surprised to learn that I wasn’t interested. My refusal was due to the fact that I had not seen even a single part of it.
As a result, I was hesitant to attend the screening of the film in which I had the least interest. But everything changed when I walked out of the cinema. The movie was crazy!
Though I didn’t understand the entire concept, the stunning visual effects left me speechless.
I was taken aback. I was completely engrossed in the film because of the lighting effects, fights, characters, and background. I returned home and discovered why it has been labelled “one of the year’s biggest films.”
I spent hours looking for the VFX industry. I was enthralled by the readings and the potential that VFX has in store for us, just like a small child.
At the same time, what drew my attention was that, no matter which websites I visited, they all talked about how VFX has blossomed and has become an essential part of the HOLLYWOOD INDUSTRY. There was little or no mention of Indian Cinema.
Can India’s animation and visual effects industries ever compete with Hollywood? This question lasted in my mind.
It is obviously unfair to compare the Hollywood and Bollywood industries because we all know how different they are in terms of financial budget, culture, resources, and content.
On the other hand, if we dig a little deeper, we’ll discover that the Indian VFX industry has an abundance of talent as well!
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What do blockbuster films like Thor, How to Train Your Dragon, Avatar, Shrek, Interstellar, Maleficent, and Gravity have in common?
Don’t worry if you haven’t cracked it yet! I’m not going to keep you waiting for long for the answers.
All of these films and (many more like them) feature Indian VFX and animation artists. Indian artists are lavishly contributing to the increasing success of these blockbuster Hollywood films.
We have an ocean of talent, but the main concern is that Indian firms receive a lot of outsourcing.
It is possible that budget constraints or a lack of resources are the primary reasons for the relatively slower growth of visual effects artists in India than in any other country.
This statement in no way implies that there is no opportunity for artists who want to live solely in India. There are numerous options available to them as well!
Remember that jaw-dropping scene from James Bond’s Skyfall? If your heart skipped a beat after watching that scene, you should thank the team of Indian VFX artists based in Bangalore who worked as freelancers for them to create stunning jaw-dropping sequence sequences in the movies.
You can always work as a freelancer on multiple profiles and collaborate with people from other countries. (This will be covered later in the section.)
Before learning about the scope of VFX in India, it is essential that you understand the VFX industry in India—from where it all began to how it has evolved what is the current situation of the industry with growth perspective.
Let’s get this party started!
The Indian VFX Industry’s Past, Present and Future
We frequently mention that India is a developing country, but in recent years it has emerged as a global powerhouse—whether in healthcare, information technology, telecommunications, or any other sector, the country’s economic structure has grown significantly. We are rapidly becoming one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.
While celebrating our accomplishments and demonstrating to the world how far we have come in recent years, we frequently overlook the Media and Entertainment industries. In terms of annual film output, India recently surpassed the United States.
In today’s world, Bollywood is plagued by financial and cultural constraints. It is blooming and becoming more dynamic than it has ever been.
The visual effects (VFX) industry has grown to be an important part of Bollywood. The industry has been extremely resilient and dynamic in recent years. Take any of them, movies, video games, or cartoon shows, and you’ll notice how rich in visual effects they are.
Companies are also looking for new technologies to explore, ranging from 360-degree elements to virtual reality programmes.
“According to the KPMG India-FICCI, Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report, 2017, the Indian animation and VFX industry grew at 16.4 percent in 2016 to reach a size of INR59.5 billion, driven majorly by a 31 percent growth in VFX”
When you search for Indian animation movies, you will notice that the majority of the animated films that we have are based on epic stories.
The visual effects industry has a very bright future because directors and filmmakers are becoming more interested in high-end fantasy stories, and we have a plethora of fantasy stories as a culture and mythologically rich country.
Back in 2003, Kotha Basi Reddy was the man who presented the digital expertise in this field. He owns Digiquest, a visual effects and animation studio, and has worked on over 400 films, including Kick, Magadheera, and Baahubali. When discussing the Indian VFX industry, he says,
“Hollywood movies go all over the world with so much CG and special effects because of fantasy. People love it. Indian mythology also has a lot of fantasies to offer. In Indian mythology, there is so much of sci-fi. It’s not even funny. We talk about Ravana flying on a plane and taking Sita with him. There are many epic stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata”
Today, VFX is a mature market. The directors have shifted their focus to the most recent trends. As a result of the audience’s constant demand for VFX in movies, our filmmakers have created some of the best films that incorporate VFX elements.
Some examples include Manikarnika, Bajirao Mastaani, Robot, 2.0, M.S. Dhoni- The Untold Story, Padmavat, Ra.One, and the well-known Baahubali.
Keep an eye on next part of this blog to get more information on the prospects of VFX Artist!!