Interview of Abishek Nair

My friend Abishek Nair and myself were
recently having a conversation over email where I kept prodding him
about what he’s going to do next. You see, being a Bangalorean, he’s
not a software engineer! He’s a vfx whiz. In normal English, that
means he’s one of those guys who creates the visual effects in ads or
movies that you might have seen. A couple of days after that email
exchange, Abishek calls me and says that he’s got a contract with a
Singapore company (with whom he had just finished a project) and was
going there to work on even more cooler stuff.

I was happy to hear that because I’ve seen some of his work and I
think he really is talented, all he needs is a platform to showcase
his skills, and this new gig should be a very good opportunity for
him.

We met up a couple of days before he took off, just to catch up. He
showed me some of his latest work and I was just blown away. You must
have seen the latest Limca ad on TV featuring Riya Sen…

He went on to explain the software that he uses and how “node-based”
software has shaked the vfx industry literally, thanks to the
popularity of Apple Shake, and so on. I was surprised at how much
painstaking effort is required to create these visual effects – we
take movies like King Kong for granted but the amount of work behind
the scenes is mind-boggling.

Coincidentally, Dad had recently bought a new Sony DCR-DVD 708E
handycam and I had brought it over to show it to Abishek… I got a
brainwave – why not make an interview? It need not be anything
professional, just something that happened. I think Kiruba’s
enthusiasm, while encouraging podcasters in a session at
BarCampBangalore3, had rubbed off on me.

And here I present to you – the first ever video that I’ve ever shot!
The best parts are the demos of Abishek’s works and his description of
how it was created.

Note 1: You can also download the
video

for offline viewing.

Note 2: The audio quality is a little faint in the beginning, but much
better after we switched off the fan :)

If you are interested to know more, you can write to Abishek – his
email address is abisheknair (at) gmail.com.

6 Comments

  1. Well, most of this work isn’t really that hard, only tedious. Maybe a bit of matchmoving in the Limca ad to put the painted buildings in place… Its primarily green screen and compositing, using a node based compositior. In programmer terms, its similar to visiting each node in a tree and applying some algorithm and then merging the results in a particular order.

    The real fun will start when Indian special effects and software merge. Procedurally modelled cities, skin,fluid simulations , optical flow, and Pyton based graphics pipelines for studios… we are way behind Hollywood in this.

    Thanks,
    Anirban

    (Interestingly, I came to your site looking for a way to embed python scripting to write shaders for a graphics rendering program )

  2. Abishek is definitely one of the most serious (in his work) and one of the best visual effects artist in India and (I can proudly say)abroad. Thanks Swaroop for taking the effort of showcasing real talent. Way to go Abi!

  3. @ “Withheld on special request” whoever you are thanks.

    @ Anirban – there are people in India working on toolplugin development at various studios, just a matter of time before people at the management realise how imp scripting is for CG and VFX. I dont think the day is far cos I have seen some interesting stuff at a couple of Indian studios….wait and watch :)
    We are def way behind the west in so many fronts but just a matter of time….we’ll get there …eventually.

    P.S – if am not mistaken I saw you at ‘Paprikaas Animation studios’ a long time back.

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