Top 7 VFX Studios in India You Never Heard About

When the credits roll at the end of a movie, its easy to disregard the thousands of small names that come after the director, actors, and actresses. Usually, Visual Effect (VFX) artists and studios only appear at the end of the credit roll and audiences may sometimes think that their roles in the movie are unimportant. The truth is quite the contrary to that fact, as Visual Effect studios are an integral part of producing a film. The job scopes are, generally to provide realistic computer-generated imagery to accompany live-action footage. Here are the Top 7 VFX Studios in India that youve probably never heard of.

  1. Prime Focus
  2. Red Chillies
  3. Prana Studios
  4. Reliance Mediaworks
  5. TATA Elxsi
  6. MPC Bangalore
  7. Makuta VFX
1. Prime Focus Limited
Prime Focus Worlds humble roots can be traced back to 1995, when Namit Malhotra and three of his teachers got together in his fathers garage to start a video editing studio, called Video Workshop.
Two years down the road, Video Workshop was merged with Naresh Malhotras (Namit Malhotras father) filming equipment rental business, Video Works, thus forming Prime Focus.
  • Office Location : Prime Focus has since grown and expanded its influence, and now has offices situated all over the world, such as London and Mumbai.
  • Popular VFX Projects:Among the popular projects that Prime Focus World has worked on are Star Wars: Episode I, II, and III, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and Shrek
  • Website – Prime Focus
2. Red Chillies

Red Chillies first started off as another production company namely the now-defunct Dreamz Unlimited. Shahrukh Khan had previously been a partner for Dreamz Unlimited, but following a fallout with other partners, he had taken over, restructured and transformed the company into Red Chillies, the company we now recognize today. Founded by both him and his wife, Gauri Khan, Red Chillies is a company responsible for the distribution and production of films in 2003, before eventually venturing into the field of visual effects in 2005.

  • Office Location : The headquarters are in Mumbai, India.
  • Popular VFX Projects : Several of its acclaimed works include Dilwale, Ra One, Krishh 3, and Avengers Infinity War.
  • Website : Red Chillies
3. Prana Studios
Founded in 2003, Prana Studios has three co-founders, namely Arish Fyzee, Kristin Dornig and Pankaj Gunsagar. It was in the same year that it opened an office in Mumbai, India. Situated in Los Angeles, USA, is its second division, and between these two locations, Prana Studios has employed over 1,000 employees worldwide. Prana Studios has worked with some of the worlds leading animation and visual effects companies, such as Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount.
  • Office Location: Mumbai (India), Los Angeles (USA)
  • Popular VFX Projects : Several films such as most of the Tinkerbell movies, Plane: Fire and Rescue, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Thor: The Dark World are recognizable as Prana Studios’ work.
  • Website :Prana Studio
4. Reliance Mediaworks
First founded by Manmohan Shetty in 1975 was Reliance Mediaworks. It was then known as Adlabs Films Limited but was changed to Reliance Mediaworks in 2005, when the Reliance ADA Group took over most of Adlabs shares. It currently owns one of Indias most successful cinema chains- Big Cinema- that is established not only in India but also in the USA, Malaysia, and other countries as well. With more than 500 screens worldwide, Reliance Mediaworks screens movies to millions of people annually.
  • Office Location: Its headquarters situated in Goregaon, India.
  • Popular VFX Projects :Transformers: Dark of the Moon,G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and The Expendables 2.
  • Website : Reliance Mediaworks
5. Tata Elxsi

Founded in 1989, TATA Elxsi is a part of the TATA Group that focuses on design and technology in various industries, such as automotive, engineering and, of course, Animation and Visual Effects. Under Visual Effects, TATA Elxsi offers services such as 3D dynamics, particle effects, color corrections and many more.

  • Office Location: There are many ways to contact them, such as dropping by their headquarters is located in Bangalore, India.
  • Popular VFX Projects :They have worked on various feature films, and television series and the more famous ones include Gullivers Travels and Roadside Romeo.
  • Website : TATA Elxsi
6. Moving Pictures Company
MPC Bangalore is a part of the MPC, also known as Motion Picture Company. Located in London, UK is MPC’s headquarters, but it also has state-of-art facilities all over the world, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Paris, and Bangalore, India. Founded in 1974 by Mike Luckwell, MPC was later sold to Carlton Communications, which then sold it to Thomson SA. Soon after its establishment, MPC became one of Europes most prominent post-production service providers and then went on to become renowned all over the world.
  • Office Location: Bangaluru (India), New York (USA), London (UK), Vancouver (Canada)
  • Popular VFX Projects : It was involved in the making of many feature films, such as Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Murder on The Orient Express, Wonder Woman, and many more. Travels and Roadside Romeo.
  • Website : Moving Pictures
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7. Makuta VFX

Makuta VFX can be considered a relatively new company to the industry as compared to other studios, as it has only been around for a few years. Dasaradha Gude is the chairman of Makuta VFX, and it is through his leadership that Makuta VFX has seen tremendous success. Makuta VFX offers many services, such as animation and rigging, modeling, lighting and shading, effects animation, and many others.

  • Office Location: Hyderabad (India)
  • Popular VFX Projects :Their most notable involvement in the post-production processes of several movies, for instance, Baahubali: The Beginning, Baahubali: The Conclusion and Spyder.
  • Website : Makuta VFX
In conclusion, modern day feature films and even advertisements will not be able to achieve the height of success they have had thus far without the help of post-production companies.
Visual effects companies have helped movies bridge the gap between imagination and reality, bringing to life even the wildest of fantasies. There are also many processes and stages that visual effects companies can offer, depending on the range of skills their artists possess. These steps include pre-visualization, layout, modeling, rigging, texture, lighting, and rendering- and they cant work without one another. Often, many visual effects companies will be hired to work on a movie at the same time, to reduce the workload of a single firm, and to decrease the time needed for the tasks to be finished.

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