Step into the Visual Effects Universe with Ramarajan R of ‘Extraction 2’!

What’s been your favourite project to work on?

Ramarajan R: My recent favourite project that I worked on is ‘Extraction 2’. 

Please share your experience working on ‘Extraction 2’.

Although the final output lasted around 5 minutes, the behind-the-scenes effort was extensive. We tackled a challenging climax rooftop action sequence with heavy motion and complex interactions, requiring intensive camera tracking and rotomation. The project comprised over 100+ shots, mainly focusing on the protagonist, Chris Hemsworth. Meeting the client’s expectations for perfection in a short timeframe demanded a significant amount of manual work, especially given the extensive CG elements involved. It was truly a one of a kind experience. 

What does the day-to-day work of a Match-Move supervisor involve?

Ramarajan R: We engage in client bidding, determining the necessary assets and resources for the project, and formulating a detailed action plan for seamless execution.  We keep a track record of the work and effectively communicate with the client throughout the project. Also, for every plan A, we keep ourselves backed up with a plan B.

What advice would you give someone looking to get into this industry?

Ramarajan R: For those aspiring to enter this industry, my advice is to adopt a high level of ambition. Taking the practice of preparing for the future is very crucial for all.

What are your predictions for the world of VFX in 5 years?

Ramarajan R: Over the next five years, the VFX industry is set to undergo a positive transformation. AI will proactively drive technological advancements, empowering professionals to harness its capabilities for more efficient and innovative workflows. Talent acquisition will prioritize future-oriented skills, creating opportunities for individuals to thrive in this dynamic industry. The increasing role of AI is expected to complement traditional manpower, fostering a collaborative and advanced VFX environment. Embracing skill development and multitasking will be key for professionals to excel and contribute to the industry’s positive evolution.

Now, a Rapid Fire Session…

What is your favourite movie?

Ramarajan R: The movie “Terminal” holds a special place for me, making it my personal favourite.

Any pets?

Ramarajan R: No, I don’t currently have any pets. But in the long run, I’m willing to own one.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Ramarajan R: Believe in yourself – that’s the advice I’d share with my younger self.

If not Chennai, where?

Ramarajan R:  If not Chennai, I would consider relocating to Bangalore or Salem.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Ramarajan R: For a Hollywood portrayal of my life, I’d envision Tom Hanks playing my character.

What’s the one thing you always keep on your desk?

Ramarajan R: Headphones are a constant on my desk, essential for focus and productivity.

You can eat one thing for the rest of your life – what is it?

Ramarajan R: If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would undoubtedly be Biryani.

Favourite way to relax?

Ramarajan R: I find my favourite way to relax is spending quality time with my kids.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Ramarajan R: Given the choice, I would love to explore the beautiful landscapes of Tibet.

Finally, what are three words you would use to describe BFS?

Ramarajan R: Perseverance, determination, consistency—these are the defining characteristics of BFS.