Both parts of Baahubai were sensory overloads, and the key to that was nothing but special effects and VFX! It was by no means a minor role! Every inch of these films has been dominated by VFX and special effects.
Here are six unique aspects of these films:
Point #1: The majority of the visual effects in Bahubali were "made in India"! Yes, 90% of the work was completed in India by Indian VFX technicians and specialists who were highly regarded even by Hollywood.
In fact, Bahubali has a higher VFX rating than Hollywood blockbusters like 300 in some circles! More, better, and grander things are on the way from India in the future! Even the film's theme song, "Bahubali Manohari," became well-known, as did the cast members, which included dancers Gabriela Bertante, Scarlett Wilson, and Nora Fatehi!
Point #2: LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) has a wide range of applications: LIDAR is used to see what RADAR is listening for! And for the first time, this technology was extensively used in this film. It is expensive, but it yields results!
They did it in a fraction of the time it would take to map and show the city in 3D. LIDAR completed the job in less than a week, digitally scanning the city's topography with pinpoint accuracy, which will help digitally enhance parts of the city when and where needed!
Point 3: Make liberal use of Animatronics! When you combine animation and electronics, you get science that mimics animal movements to make them appear realistic. These were extensively used in Bahubali because the film itself provided ample and more opportunities to do so. Thus, whether walking, running, or fighting, animal movements were captured in their most natural forms!
And it is precisely in this area that the film Bahubali excelled! Making something appear to be real. Totally genuine! Elephants are massive creatures, and getting them to dance to your music can be a daunting task. Elephants were animated in Bahubali to appear in many scenes that would otherwise be impossible to film!
Point #4: The presence of a genius named V Srinivas Mohan, who was solely responsible for the film's incredible visual effects! He'd done it before with films like Robot, I, and Sivaji the Boss, and was known for using extreme camera techniques to get the shot he wanted.
He went miles ahead of his previous commitments in Bahubali, bringing to the forefront all of his experiences and shooting the VFX in spectacular fashion. V Srinivas Mohan has created more than a Magnum Opus with the Director's blessings and complete freedom to experiment and perform.
Point # 5: The use of specialized studios and equipment(s), including the Makuta Visual Effects Studio, elevated Bahubali's visual quality to an unrivaled level in the Indian and foreign film industries!
Makuta is a world-class post-production house, having won Best Visual Effects at Film Fare and Cinema A in 2012. They are based in Hyderabad and do extensive post-production work with highly skilled personnel and cutting-edge equipment.
For Bahubali, they created nearly 5000 VFX shots using all known techniques, including Rotoscoping, Matte Painting, Chroma removal, Set extension, rig and wire removals, 2D and 3D Tracking, and 3D creation, to name a few.
Point # 6: The presence of V Srinivas Mohan, a genius who was solely responsible for the film's incredible visual effects! He'd done it before with films like Robot, I, and Sivaji the Boss, and was known for employing extreme camera techniques to achieve the desired shot.
He outdid himself in Bahubali, bringing to the forefront all of his experiences and shooting the VFX in spectacular fashion. With the Director's blessings and complete freedom to experiment and perform, V Srinivas Mohan has created more than a Magnum Opus. Bahubali is, in fact, a thousand times better!!