"Rockstar is a classic example of how VFX can be used as a convincing storytelling device.
Prime Focus has delivered 180 VFX shots for Imtiaz Ali's new film 'Rockstar', which focuses on the life of Indian-born musician Jordan as he struggles to rise above the superficial world in which he lives.
The film's climactic scene - a rock concert set in the Coliseum in Verona - was critical to the storyline, as Jordan realizes that even with all the trappings of the material world at his fingertips, his life is still incomplete and he still longs for something over which he has no control.
"Considering how important it was to get this scene absolutely right, we are proud that director Imtiaz Ali chose Prime Focus to assist him in achieving his vision," said Merzin Tavaria, Prime Focus co-founder and Chief Creative Director. "Of course, a scene of this magnitude does not come without its share of challenges."
This was certainly the most demanding sequence delivered by Prime Focus for the film. As the production couldn't shoot at the actual Coliseum in Verona, a smaller scale replica was built in Hyderabad, supervised by the Prime Focus VFX team. The team then used the footage captured on location to start building out a much bigger CG stadium, extending the sets and filling the new stadium with CG crowds.
Other sequences contributed by Prime Focus included the last shot of the song 'Sadda Haq', which sees the scene turn into a hand-drawn sketch, and the sequence with the late Shammi Kapoor, in which the director had to shoot the star against green screen due to his failing health, and have Prime Focus key in a CG backdrop of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah in post.
Merzin Tavaria concluded: "Rockstar is a classic example of how VFX can be used as a convincing storytelling device. It took 110 artists - including compositors, matte painters, 3D & FX artists, motion graphics, paint and roto artists - a period of two months to deliver the convincing work which has assisted Imtiaz Ali in converting his vision into breathtaking visuals."