A sequel to one of the biggest hits of 2016, Baaghi 2, just like its predecessor features some of the most high-octane action sequences. Prime Focus was responsible for delivering many of these large-scale action sequences involving several environment augmentations, animated helicopter, muzzle flashes and explosion and smoke enhancements. Prime Focus VFX Supervisor Mahesh Baria led the team to augment and enhance the high impact helicopter crash which was central to the climax sequence, adding elements that would not have been possible to shoot practically.
The climax scene features the burning, smoking helicopter, spiralling over the jungle, slamming into the ground, then crashing in front of camera, carving up the ground along the path before exploding. “The specific details of the helicopter crash sequence were left to us to design and we began by removing the large wire rigs and creating a CG model of the partial helicopter set-piece used during the shoot,” said Mahesh Baria. “The animators then designed rotor blades for the CG model adding practical motion blurs and shadows. The matchmove team than tracked and placed the model along the lengths and contours of the set piece for rigging.”
A lot of work was carried out in compositing to balance the subtle nuances of light and shadow cast by the rotor blades and reflected colours from the trees and grounds around it to make the CG helicopter look as identical as possible to the real thing. Another complexity with this shot was taking account of all the interactive lighting and shadowing you would get from the explosion and layers of spark, debris, dust and smoke
Talking about the project, Niraj Sanghai, Business Head, Prime Focus said, “It’s always a pleasure working with Sajid and we are really grateful to him for the trust he has continued to place in Prime Focus. It was also refreshing to collaborate with Ahmed Khan on this action packed thriller. Our team’s efforts to realize Ahmed’s vision benefitted immensely from his intensive involvement in the project right from the pre-production stage, and from his clear and wise guidance.”
The film was also color graded by Prime Focus colorist Ashirwad Hadkar. While grading, a lot of time went into enhancing the visuals and the emotional content of the film to ensure that the look of Baaghi 2 was different from other films in the same genre.
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