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A special effects film shot in 28 days and a crore budget - ‘Ho Sakta Hai’

By Manisha Deshpande

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It is a rare feat to shoot a two-hour film replete with 45 minutes of special effects in an incredible budget of Rs 1 crore, that too in a span of 28 days. But special effects wizard and head of Maya Entertainment's special effects division, Wilson Louis, who makes his directorial debut with HO SAKTA HAI, has done just that thereby paving the way for other makers who go overboard trying to put together special effects in their films. "Most makers try to incorporate special effects after half the film is shot, hardly realizing that the time spent on color correction and transition, can be saved by shooting it in a stipulated format from day one. I used special effects as part of the narrative format of my film. I prepared a proper storyboard of shots and montages after which I took 40-50 shots a day. I economized on several other factors but ensured that the film scored in its technique and it wasn't a difficult task at all," says Louis of India’s first film on black magic and the "beyond logic factor in each of our lives".

Louis has now come out with a unique alternative for all those who want to shoot films predominant with special effects at an economical cost and a limited amount of time. "We have worked out an arrangement with Maya's special effect division whereby producers can incorporate special effects in their films from day one and shoot their film simultaneously, through digital color transmission. There are endless possibilities in shooting films with special effects but this is just one of them," says Louis.


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