S S Rajamouli’s recent blockbuster Eega has already received rave reviews for breaking new grounds in terms of visual effects. The film boasts of an unprecedented 2200 VFX shots and more than 85% of the visual effects in the film were done by Makuta VFX, a Hyderabad-based company founded by Pete Draper, Adel Adili and RC Kamalakannan. While Indian viewers and the media have gone gaga over the film and its visual effects, the film has now captured the attention of a prominent US-based software company —Autodesk, which makes cutting edge software products like Maya, 3ds Max, Mudbox, Softimage among many other things for the media and entertainment industry. For the first time ever, the company has featured an article on how visual effects were used in an Indian film and it chose Eega as its case study. Despite being the largest film industry in the world, animation and VFX in Indian films are rarely chosen as case studies which makes this development a giant leap for Makuta VFX. Talking about this development, Pete Draper, co-founder and CTO of Makuta VFX, said, “It’s a testimony to the kind of work we are doing at Makuta VFX. I am glad that a prominent company like Autodesk has recognised our efforts.” Autodesk has release a two page case study on the film explaining how Makuta VFX overcame several challenges while working on the special effects of the film. The case study is likely to open more doors for Makuta VFX in the near future and Pete Draper concurs, “I hope so too and it speaks volumes about the kind of work going on here.” The film starring Nani, Samantha and Sudeep released recently in Hindi and it has been hailed as one of the best films of the year.
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