Find what you love and let it kill you

                             Our first episode of Coffee with Passionate Pro featured Vishnu Vimal, Visual Effects Compositor who is currently working at the renowned British motion picture visual effects company Double Negative Studio, Mumbai. This visual effects company has garnered 4 Oscar Awards for Best Visual Effects for their works on films Inception, Interstellar, Ex Machina & Blade Runner 2049. During Vishnu’s stint at DNEG, he has involved at digital composting works of Thor: Ragnaork, Justice League, Dunkirk, Mission Impossible: Fallout & various other Hollywood blockbusters.

              ‘Why do we need VFX?’ asked Vishnu. The students started pondering about the question. Some of them sat there clueless and looking at each other. Then someone yelled ‘To generate a computer imagery for which we cannot shoot live action’. ‘It’s right! But that’s not the only purpose’ he said. He added that Visual Effects is as crucial as Direction, Cinematography or Sound Design in a movie is. Visual Effects can enhance a visual and it can even give easy solutions to some of the exhausting shots. He further went on by quoting an example of a filmmaker who had the least idea of Visual Effects. All that the filmmaker wanted was a particular real life billboard to be seen through a window.

              So in order to achieve that he and his crew build a whole set of a bedroom on top of the terrace of a building. But this could have been otherwise easily recreated by visual effects with the help of a Green Chroma Screen. Sounds right! VFX can save us a lot of troubles namely time, money and energy of hundreds.

A visual representation of a man being filmed on green Chroma screen (left). The final result of the keyed visual (right).

He narrated the brief history of visual effects which dates back as early as 1900’s when pioneers of film making such as George Melies forayed into film making. Now you might be wondering to have heard his name somewhere right? That’s probably because you have watched Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese. In that movie George Melies is a partly fictional but most of his character was truly depicted such as being a magician. Melies thought cinema was the greatest magic in the trick in the world. He is the first one to use extravagant set designs. He even cut film reels to skip some of the frames and a camera trick. Vishnu also told us how his film making tricks & techniques were path breaking and how he traveled beyond his contemporaries with his outstanding brilliance.


Then he showed us a super cut of films which have won Oscar Award for Best Visual Effects in their respective years. He also told us how each film broadened the scope of visual effects which were present at the time.

Star Wars was the space opera franchise film which was the brainchild of legendary filmmaker George Lucas that reinvented the concepts of visual effects during 1970’s. Light sabers, giant spaceships, Jedi, altogether Star Wars were a cinematic marvel that the audiences have never experienced until then.

But out of these filmmakers, the one filmmaker who Vishnu admired a lot for his use of VFX is David Fincher. Yes, his filmography goes like The Fight Club, Zodiac, Seven, Gone Girl, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and all those amazing suspense thriller films. One fact that Vishnu told us and blew our mind was that The Social Network has used more number of VFX than Godzilla. Now you will be like ‘Whoa! Slow down. But I never noticed any of them’. Yes, that’s the point you see! Vishnu loves his films particularly because Visual Effects were used invisibly so as to satisfy the demands of the movie script rather than showing off the might of VFX. That’s true!

Vishnu then went on throw some light on VFX Pipeline such as Research & Development, Tests, Modeling, Pre-visualization, Lidar, Texturing, Rigging, Rotoscopying, Compositing, etc. These terms may sometimes sound like alien to you. Well, let us give you a vague idea about it. In pre-production, the first step is Reasearch & Development. It is during this phase the artist, scientists and programmers develop the software & tools necessary to create the VFX for the movie. Then comes Pre-Visualization, where the scenes of the movie are emulated on-screen for a preview. 3D Modeling happens along with it where the characters are modeled in software such as Z-Brush.

These are usually raw and grey in color. So they have to be given the texture of the skin through Texturing. Then movements to these modeled characters will be given by Rigging. It is process where joints such shoulder, ligament, etc. of the body are rigged in software. That’s how we get to see those giant dinosaurs, apes, pixies and fairies on the screen.

Another part that VFX artists deal with is the background visuals. Early method of creating a non-realistic background is by using Matte Painting. It is a technique where the background that is created is painted on a large canvas and the area that is to be is painted black. The background is then shot and exposed on the film of the camera. Then, the same film reel will go for reshoot again to expose the live action on the underexposed area of the film. But now the things have changed, technology has revolutionized in a way that you can create 3D Matte Painting through software.

Filmmakers shooting a matte painting shot (top extreme left)
Matte painting of the background and the part to be shot is painted black (top extreme right)
The underexposed part is shot on the same film reel (bottom extreme left).
The final output of the shot (bottom extreme right)
Even though the audience may enjoy watching an assortment of visual effects used in a movie, he explained us how sometimes a visual effects artist may get stressful while handling long hours of work with given deadline of submission. Sometimes a Visual Effect Artist has to handle numerous projects simultaneously. But nevertheless, a VFX Artist should not be swept away by that stress. However tiring a work may be, if the person sincerely devotes all his mighty passion into the work the ultimate result that person will witness on the big screen will make him or her extremely happy.

Adbulla KM
N18 Direction





Mission Thermocol – An Initiative From Neo Film School

As Gandhiji said, ‘be the change’. We at Neo, will not use Thermocol for any of our art direction works or set construction.. we have to find out an alternative for LIGHT BOUNCING without Thermocol during our shootings within 90 days..

We have to declare our campus as a Thermocol Free Campus within 90 days.. These three are the objectives we keep for this 90 days.
We are announcing a poster contest for Mission Thermocol # Awareness against White Killer. With a first prize of Rs.10000. It’s high time we remove Thermocol from our houses.. it’s sometimes shocking to see our Children are given school projects using Thermocol.

No waste management team (government or private) will take this material from your premises.. then what are we citizens supposed to do with these? It leads to a more important question .. Why should the government allow the market to sell such a material? Aren’t these questions to be asked? Can’t we find out answers for this? Next 90 days we put our level best to find answers .. And we strongly believe we can bring in a change, however little it may seem … WE BEGIN!
Jain Joseph (FTII, Pune | IIM, Ahmedabad)
Director, Neo Film School.


We at Neo hereby declares ”MISSION THERMOCOL”  through which we will find out an alternative for the usage of thermocol in film productions and visual designs within 90 days and the countdown begins today, 5th JUNE 2018, WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.


Like plaster of Paris, thermocol has its own hazard. The convenience of this material has made us habitual and we can’t resist them. But the time has come to realize the bad effects of these material this saving our health and environment. Banning of polythenes or polythenes bag are always talked about but the thermocol which is a byproduct of polythene is not banned.

Thermoplastic compound in the thermocol is obtained by the polymerization of polythene. These are very light weight which floats on water and are non-biodegradable.

The hazards of thermocols are:

  1. They don’t decompose in the soil, thus make soil infertile.
  2. It releases poisonous gases on burning, which can cause respiratory problems, or even death, when inhaled.
  3. Tons of thermocol goes in water, being light in weight they cause marine debris.


A contest for film Students, Lighting technicians, Art Directors (Since consumption of thermocol in film industry, Art and design industry is highly alarming)

We understand it’s been used in other areas too, including student projects and we plan to move on to those territories after clearing the hazards from film Industry.

 This mission is launched by NEO MEDIA TRUST in Association with NEO FILM SCHOOL.

ലോക പ്രശസ്ത ചിത്രകാരൻ വിൻസെന്റ് വാൻഗോഗ്

ലോക പ്രശസ്ത ചിത്രകാരൻ വിൻസെന്റ് വാൻഗോഗ്ഗിന്റെ ജന്മദിനമാണ്  മാർച്ച് – 30. നെതര്ലാണ്ടിലെ സുൻഡേർട് എന്ന ഗ്രാമത്തിൽ 1853 മാർച്ച് – 30ന് തിയോഡറസ്  വാൻഗോഗിന്റെയും അന്നകോർണെലിയോയുടെയും  മകനായി വിൻസെന്റ് വാൻഗോഗ് എന്ന മഹാനായ ചിത്രകാരൻ ജനിച്ചു. വെറും ഒൻപതു വർഷങ്ങൾ കൊണ്ട് 811 ൽ പരം മഹത്തായ സൃഷ്ടികളാൽ ലോകത്തെ ഏറ്റവും മഹാനായ ചിത്രകാരനായി മാറുകയായിരുന്നു അദ്ദേഹം. ചിത്രകലയിലേക്കു തിരിയുന്നതിനു മുൻപ് കാലാവസ്തു വില്പനക്കാരനായും
,അദ്ധ്യാപകനായും, പാതിരിയായും ഒക്കെ  പ്രവർത്തിച്ച അദ്ദേഹം തന്റെ 28 മത്തെ വയസിലാണ് ചിത്രകലയിലേക്കു ആകൃഷ്ടനാകുന്നതും  ആദ്യത്തെ ചിത്രം വരയ്ക്കുന്നതും.

ഒരു ചിത്രകാരൻ ജന്മനാകലാകാരൻ  ആയിരിക്കണം എന്ന ഭൂരിപക്ഷ മതത്തിനെ വെറും വാക്കായി മാറ്റുകയും ഇച്ഛാശക്തിയും ആഗ്രഹവും ഉണ്ടെങ്കിൽ ലോകത്തിന്റെ നെറുകയിൽ എത്തിപ്പെടാൻ പ്രായമോ,കാലമോ ഒരു വിധത്തിലും ഒരു തടസമേ  അല്ല എന്ന് വെറും 9 വർഷങ്ങൾ കൊണ്ട് 811 ഓളം മഹത്തായ സൃഷ്ടികളിലൂടെ അദ്ദേഹം നമുക്ക് കാട്ടി  തരികയും ചെയ്തു ലോകപ്രശസ്ത സൃഷ്ടികൾ ആയ, പൊട്ടറ്റോ ഈറ്റെർസ്, പെയർ ഓഫ് ഷൂ
, സൺഫ്‌ളവേര്സ, സ്റ്റാറി നൈറ്റ് പോലുള്ളവ കലയുടെ ഉതാത്ത  മാതൃകയായി നില കൊള്ളുന്നു .

കലയുടെ ഉതാത്ത  മാതൃകയായി നില കൊള്ളുന്നു . വെളിച്ചത്തെയും സൂര്യനെയും സൂര്യകാന്തി പൂക്കളെയും പ്രണയിച്ച ആ മഹാനായ കലാകാരൻ ഇടയ്ക്കു സ്വയംവരിച്ച  വഴിവിട്ട ജീവിത ശൈലികളാലും ,വിഭ്രാന്തിയാലുംതന്റെ പ്രതിഭയുടെ സുവർണ കാലഘട്ടത്തിൽ തന്നെ മരണത്തിന്റെ ഇരുളിലേക്ക് നടന്നു കയറുമ്പോൾ വെറും 37 വയസ്സായിരുന്നു  പ്രായം. വെറും ഒൻപതു വർഷങ്ങൾ മാത്രം ചിത്രകാരനായി ജീവിച്ച ആ  മഹാപ്രതിഭയുടെ തൂലിക തുമ്പിലെ ചായകൂട്ടുകളാൽ സൃഷ്ടിക്കപ്പെട്ട സൃഷ്ടികൾ ഓരോന്നിനും 100 മില്യൺ ഡോളറിൽ കൂടുതൽ ആണ് വില കല്പിക്ക പെടുന്നത് മൈക്കിൾ ആഞ്ജലോയ്ക്കും ,ഡാവിഞ്ചി ക്കും ശേഷം ഏറ്റവും പ്രശസ്തനായ വാൻഗോഗ്, ഇമ്പ്രെഷനിസം എന്ന ശൈലിയിലൂടെ ചിത്രകലയുടെ പുതിയ പാത വെട്ടിത്തുറക്കുക ആയിരുന്നു… ഇന്ന് ലോകം മുഴുവനും പല ചിത്രകാരന്മാരും ഇമ്പ്രെഷനിസം പിൻതുടരുമ്പോൾ അവയിലൂടെ വാൻഗോഗ് സ്മരിക്കപ്പെട്ടുകൊണ്ടേ ഇരിക്കുന്നു.

ഫ്രാൻസിലെ ഒയേഴ്സ് സർ ഒയ്‌സിൽ സൂര്യകാന്തി പൂക്കളാൽ മൂടപ്പെട്ട
ശ്മശാനത്തിൽ അന്ത്യാവിശ്രമം കൊള്ളുന്നു ആ മഹാനായ ചിത്രകാരൻ ..
ആയിരം വർണങ്ങൾ അലിഞ്ഞുചേർന്ന ആ മണ്ണിൽ അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ സ്മരണയ്ക്ക് മുന്നിൽ അർപ്പിക്കാം ഒരു കുഞ്ഞു സൂര്യകാന്തി പൂവിനെ.

Author:- Abhilash G Devan

Professional Seminar On Media.

Neo Film School is happy to announce a PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR on BECOMING AND BIENG A FILM PROFESSIONAL. Seminar on Media education would be conducted at Neo film school campus on 25th June , 2015. School director Jain Joseph Neo(FTII) will lead the discussions. Film Director Leo Thadeus will share his insights on how the unique training programme of Neo Film School can transform a student to a professional film maker. Anybody who is interested in a career in Media can register for the Seminar. Call 0484-4055595 for registration.


It was day full of energy , interaction and fun. The seminar was an opportunity for the students and the parents to interact with the school director Mr. Jain Joseph (FTII) himself. It was a perfect junction for the students who are looking for a career in media industry. All their questions and queries were taken care of throughout the day long programme . The large number of students and their parents who came to attend the seminar was the proof for one thing that NEO is getting bigger and better with age. Thank you all for making the event a huge success.  3N5A6380 3N5A6396 3N5A64383N5A6333


Why do parents say that our creative talent is useless to earn a living??

This is a big question what the youth in India has been facing since generations. While we are at school our parents encourage our creative talent, but once the school is over, all of a sudden they  they ask us to get serious and take up a course such as engineering,, medicine, etc, so that we would be able to earn a living for ourselves and automatically would lead a secured life. They may be right on their side, because no parent would like to see their son or daughter struggling in the future. The main reason is that they have seen highly talented people fail in their career. they have seen more failure stories than success stories around them.

But they do not know the exact reason of their failure. These people might be highly talented but lack the expertise to manage their talent and end up reaching nowhere in their lives.

Finally management along with technology finds a place in art education curriculum. The innovative course design and curriculum at NEO has proven  its merit by making very young talents into highly successful creative professionals in a surprisingly short span of time.

NEO  has given confidence and hope  to many that their creative talent can be used to earn a living. A proper guidance will give them a clear path to follow.

So chase your passion and lead a LIFE FULL OF LIFE with your god gifted uniqueness.