Innovative VFX at Basilic Fly Studio: Insights from Navaneetha Krishnan

1. Could you share the story of how you entered the world of VFX?

My passion for drawing led me to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). After completing my degree, I got into the creative field of Visual Effects (VFX), starting in Digital Matte Painting (DMP). It’s been a journey of dedication and perseverance, and I’ve been fortunate to contribute to over 500 films. Each project underscores my passion for creativity and the potential of VFX. It makes me want to keep being creative and pushing the limits in my craft.

2. What aspect of your role brings you the greatest sense of joy?

Being Head of the Department of Prep, some key responsibilities that bring joy are as follows. 

Mentoring and guiding aspiring artists within the department, witnessing their growth, and seeing their contributions elevate the overall quality of projects.

Leveraging the latest technologies and advanced tools to continuously enhance our workflows and final output at Basilic Fly Studio, ensuring that we maintain our position as a leader in the industry.

Collaborating with talented teams to solve creative challenges, finding innovative solutions that push the boundaries of what’s possible in VFX prep.

Seeing the final product on the big screen, knowing that my contributions have helped shape the immersive worlds that captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact. In my view, artists represent one aspect, while production serves as another. Both are equally important to me.

3. Among the projects you’ve worked on, which one stands out as your favorite?

All the projects I’ve worked on hold a special place in my heart. Each one has contributed to my growth and provided unique experiences. However, if I were to highlight a few favorites, they would include three Oscar-winning films. Additionally, I’ve been privileged to contribute to acclaimed projects such as Avatar, Aquaman, She Hulk, Antman Quantum Mania and few installments of the Spiderman, Suicide Squad, Dead Pool, Dustbunny, Furiosa Mad Max Saga, Breaking Point, Onelife, and Orphan. Each of these projects has not only enriched my career but also provided invaluable lessons and experiences that have shaped my journey in the world of VFX.

4. Could you describe the typical tasks and responsibilities of a Head of Prep on a day-to-day basis?

As HOD Prep, my day to day activities includes Overseeing the execution of Prep-related tasks, ensuring consistency and quality across projects, Providing guidance and support to the Prep team, resolving any issues that arise during production, Collaborating with other department heads to ensure seamless integration of painted elements into the overall VFX pipeline, Managing schedules and resources to meet project deadlines and client expectations.

5. If someone were aspiring to enter this industry, what advice would you offer?

Focus on building a strong foundation in both artistic skills and technical knowledge like perspectives, colouring, anotomies etc, as these skills are key for the VFX industry.

Stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies, continuously honing your craft to remain competitive in the field.

Network with professionals in the industry, seek mentorship opportunities, and be proactive in seeking out internships or entry-level positions to gain hands-on experience.

Embrace challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth, and never stop learning and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in visual effects, aligning with the innovative spirit that defines Basilic Fly Studio’s approach to projects.

6. What do you envision for the future of VFX in the next five years?

In the next five years, I see VFX progressing rapidly, bringing even more realistic and immersive effects to movies, TV shows, and media. At Basilic Fly Studio, exciting innovations are on the horizon. I anticipate greater integration of VFX in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), creating new ways for audiences to engage with storytelling. Technological advancements are also expected to simplify production processes, making top-tier visual effects more accessible across various industries and for creators worldwide.

Rapid Fire questions: 

1. If you could have dinner with any celebrity, living or dead, who would it be?

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

2. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?

Listening to music & some time with a long walk.

3. If not Chennai, where else?


4. How do you spend your weekends?

At home mostly, playing with my kids.

5. Finally, Describe BFS in three words.

Innovative, Supportive, Ethical.