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UNLOCKED SECRETS OF SPECIAL EFFECTS IN TAMIL CINEMA MUDHALVAN AND BOYS

Mudhalvan and Boys are two super hit Indian movies language in Tamil and later remake to many other language as well.The specialty of these two movies were its special effects and outstanding camera works. Both films were directed by Tamil Director Shankar. In this post I would like to explain a little bit about a special scene in which the camera orbits around the hero whose movement is captured as still. In the film, “Boys” this technique was used in a song starting “Ale Ale”. In this song many scenes were packed with this technique.

Also, you can see in the Tamil film, “Mudhalvan” and in Hindi film “Nayak”, an action scene in which the hero fights with villains in muddy water for almost 2 minutes. This scene is also stuffed with similar kind of technique. 

HOW TO CREATE CAMERA ORBIT AROUND STILL OBJECTS EFFECT

Creating such a scene is not an easy technique. If you wish to create a specific action to be shot as camera orbiting around the actors, then you need multiple still cameras surrounding the subject. The cameras are fired sequentially, or all at the same time, depending on the desired effect you wish to achieve. Individual or single frames from each camera are then sequentially or path wise arranged and displayed consecutively to produce an orbiting viewpoint of an action frozen in time.

BULLETINGDepending on the number of camera, path in which they are arranged to take the shot, and frames per second will determine the perfection for this effect. While  fixing the frame from individual shots, the camera image on opposite side can be filtered out by using color filter. Recently computer software are available to produce virtual images to produce this effect. Due to the unaffordable cost, directors may choose using real set of still cameras to attain this effect. Try Nikon. This is not a recommendation, but as a pointer to perform some experiments back at home.  

Just watch the song “Ale Ale” in Youtube and feel the chill of this special effect.

Here is explained how the above given song was made beautiful with this effect. Below given shots from 11 still cameras that took the image of throwing water between each other, at the same time but from different angles. In this shot, all the cameras are fixed below the knee length. Each image is from each camera and the final image is the continuation image which is captured in normal Movie camera. From this image, the scene will proceed as usual.

CAMERA A bullet CAMERA B bullet CAMERA C CAMERA D CAMERA E CAMERA F CAMERA G CAMERA H CAMERA I CAMERA J CAMERA KCONTINUATION SHOT

So after finishing your experiments, if you have any doubt, comment here to ask me.

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AWESOME SCENES WITH AMAZING CAMERA MOVEMENTS

Do you wonder what I am going to write about? Its all about some awesome scenes with outstanding camera movements. I didn't include technically stuffed items like Terminator series, Transformer etc. Many movie lovers admit that these are wonderful scenes. If you have some more to suggest please comment here down under this post.

MATRIX BULLET TIME 

  • Fight Club - Capturing flying through walls, behind stove, etc. This is Fincher's first use of the CGI camera. ( CGI – Computer Generated Imagery in which directors gets greater control, and allows many effects to be shot more convincingly.
  • Crank - Jason's driving out the muscle car
  • Troy – The initial breach of the walls, where a camera looking downwards fly over the wall, following the troops running into the city.
  • The Untouchables - Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia were waiting in the Central train station
  • Pearl Harbour – The downward free-falling camera that tails the bomb that blows up the Arizona.
  • Schindlers List- Tragic scene of a boy being carried by German shoulders getting shot in the chest.
  • I, Robot – The final fight with Will Smith fighting the rebel robots.
  • The Matrix – bullet time, and many scenes.
  • Return of the Jedi - Speeder bike chase through the forest.
  • Battle of Endor – Tracking the Falcon and the X-wings
  • The Shining – long tracking shot of kid riding around hotel.
  • Boogie nights – introduction scenes
  • War of the worlds (2005) – car driving on the freeway dodging people and cars – camera moves around the car while driving and doesn't cut away.
  • Good bad and the ugly – last scenes
  • Lion King – Fight with scar
  • Bad Boys II where they are having a gun fight, and the camera is spinning around the room between the two actors
  • Old Boy - The fight scene in the corridor.
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – End fight with Borromire.
  • There Will be Blood – the scene where the oil rig catches fire.
  • The Bourne Ultimatum – Jason Bourne jumps through a window and the camera follows.
  • Laurence of Arabia – Camera angle is from a mountain top, and its looking down on all horses running in.

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MALAYALAM FILM COCKTAIL ADAPTED FROM ENGLISH MOVIE BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL

Cocktail is a 2010 Indian Malayalam thriller film edited and directed by Arun Kumar, screenplay by Shyam Menon and dialogue written by Anoop Menon. The film stars Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Samvrutha Sunil, Fahad Fazil, Innocent, The film portrays the life of Ravi Abraham (Anoop Menon), Parvathy (Samvrutha Sunil) and daughter Ammu.
This film have many similarities with English movie Butterfly on a Wheel which is a 2007 Canadian thriller film directed by Mike Barker, co-produced and written by William Morrissey. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, and Maria Bello. It is really shameful that a debut film  of an Indian director is an adaptation of an English Film. Who really cheated him? The producer or the story / script writers?
It is highly advisable that before announcing himself as a movie director, one must try to watch many other language films as possible. This will give a new level of thinking or at least, can avoid such shame.

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