Powering Bollywood's Sci-Fi Sensation
SM: We would do one part in Hong Kong, one part in Iran and one part in London and would combine to form a shot or scene. The high level composting was done in India.
MN: Which is the best scene in the Endhiran that you like the most?
SM: The climax is the best sequence. It was the most difficult sequence as well. We did facial scan modeling, motion technology, rigging and animation. Many robots were interlaced to form a ball or snake. And every individual robot had movement. There was individual movement and combined movement. We did that tricky work. There is a very thin line which differentiates good and bad work. If you want more precision, you don't have the budget, but you don't want the shot to look like a cartoon either. We did the best and it's reflected.
MN: How much time was allocated to pre-production and post-production?
SM: We allocated six months for pre-production. We planned; we allocated time for shooting, time for CGI, time for working on special effects and time for animatronics. Climax was a time consuming scene and critical also, hence we started working on it first. It took one-and- a-half years. We also extended the pre production time in parallel. So, it took one-and-a-half years for pre-production and one- and-a-half years for post-production.
MN: What were your working hours? How many hours in a day did you worked?
SM: This is a very nice question (laughing). Our shooting would start at 7:00 am and then the director would look into our work too. The editing took place from 6:30 pm to 12:00 am most days. And during last six months of post-production we hardly slept. We ate while traveling.
MN: What next? What will be your dream project now?
SM: I would like to work with most of the directors. They have imagination. I hope to make that imagination into a reality on a low budget.
MN: What was the best learning for you during your creative journey with Endhiran?
SM: Culture -- I learnt about cultures of the different countries that I visited. Working with various people across the globe, across different time zones made me be in a learning mode always. I was constantly traveling and learning.
The whole Indian team had a varied insight: Rajni Sir had his patience, Ashwarya understood the work we were doing; she had the interest. Shankar, Rathnavelu and Anthony were always smiling.
Mamta Narang is founder/director of AAshmam, a company that provides high-end software solutions.