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.