VFX Insights: Lakshmanakumar S on the Art of VFX and Future Trends

To begin with, could you share with us your favourite movie projects?

Lakshmanakumar S: I prefer working on action-oriented projects, such as FX-relevant shots requiring set extensions, incorporating special effects in fight scenes. I have contributed to various projects, including ‘Gangs of London’ (2020) for Action FX, and most recently, ‘Dumb Money’.

Please share your experience working on ‘Dumb Money’. 

Lakshmanakumar S: Dealing with 550 shots was a big task. We tackled challenges like setting extensions for background changes, adding snow to rooftops, trees, and streets, and turning sunny environments into winter settings. Additionally, we worked on screen composition, featuring content and images on blank mobile and laptop screens.

What guidance would you offer to someone aiming to enter this field?

Lakshmanakumar S: I’d emphasize the importance of relentless learning. In the dynamic field of VFX, staying updated with the latest tools and techniques is crucial. Keep your curiosity alive, be open to exploring new ideas, and foster creativity in your approach. The more diverse your skill set, the more resilient and successful you’ll be in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of the VFX industry.

Outside of the studio, how do you stay creative?

Lakshmanakumar S: Beyond the studio walls, I indulge in a deep dive into movies and web series, dissecting their intricate VFX elements. This not only serves as a wellspring of inspiration but also sharpens my creative thinking. I actively practice and implement the insights gained from these visual experiences into my own projects, ensuring a continuous cycle of learning and innovation. It’s this blend of observation, hands-on experimentation, and real-world application that fuels my creativity and keeps it dynamic in and out of the studio environment.

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

Lakshmanakumar S: In the coming years, I believe there will be big advancements in how we create visual effects. Virtual production will change how movies are made, making the process more immersive and efficient. The use of Unreal Engine will also increase, making virtual environments look even more realistic. These changes are not just trends; they are the building blocks that will shape the future of the VFX industry. They will open up new possibilities for creativity and push the limits of what we can do in visual storytelling. For those in the VFX field, keeping up with these changes and adapting to new technologies will be important for success in the future.

Now, a Rapid Fire Session…

If not Chennai, where?

Lakshmanakumar S: I’d prefer Malaysia. Malaysians are known for their hospitality and kindness. They are always happy to help visitors and make them feel welcome. It’s like a second home for me.

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

Lakshmanakumar S: That would be monotonous; I’d prefer to experiment with all cuisines for the rest of my life.

Favourite way to relax?

Lakshmanakumar S: Watching movies is my preferred way to unwind, allowing me to escape into different worlds and appreciate the art of storytelling.

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

Lakshmanakumar S: Supportive, Good Environment and Collaborative.