Visual effects (abbreviated VFX) is the process by which imagery is created or manipulated outside the context of a live action shot in filmmaking. The integration of live action footage and CG elements to create realistic imagery is called VFX.
VFX involves the integration of live action footage (special effects) and generated imagery (digital or optics, animals or creatures) which look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, time-consuming or impossible to capture on film. Visual effects using computer-generated imagery (CGI) have recently become accessible to the independent filmmaker with the introduction of affordable and relatively easy-to-use animation and compositing software.
COMMON VFX SOFTWARE:
Adobe After Effects
Maxon Cinema 4D
Examples of VFX used in movies:
1.Groundbreaking VFX in The Matrix (1999):This film raised the bar for cinematography in multiple ways. There is an iconic scene in the film, where Keanu’s character dodges a bullet.
2.VFX in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Using a mixture of motion-capture footage and hand animation, Weta Digital wanted to capture the most authentic performances as possible.
3.VFX in Dumbo (2019)
Disney isn’t messing around. They’re going full force in their live-action remakes. And because most of them deal with talking animals, all of them have some equally incredible visual effects.