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Grading film, as heavy on VFX, as 'Fan', challenging: Ken Metzker

Monday, April 18, 2016

The man who brings great colour to Bollywood speaks of the challenging work that went into the making of ''Fan''...

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's latest offering "Fan" is receiving critical acclaim and Colourist, Ken Metzker, who worked on the final look of the film, feels it was a challenging experience.

Directed by Maneesh Sharma, "Fan" features Shah Rukh in a double-role as both, an obsessive fan 'Gaurav' and the object of his obsession, superstar 'Aryan Khanna'. Metzker, who works as a colourist with Prime Focus company, found it tough to work on the character of 'Gaurav' as the actor's face was digitally restructured through VFX to make him look younger.

He associated with cinematographer of "Fan", Manu Anand, to ensure a realistic grade (colour) for both the live action and the VFX elements in the images. "Working with Manu was a truly enriching experience. We worked closely together to ensure that the overall look of the movie was consistent with the director's vision for the film.''

Prime Focus began work on ''Fan'' in November 2014 when 20-30 shots of the film were tested, and the final look of 'Gaurav' was locked in. Over 500 hundred hours were spent grading the VFX plates and fine-tuning the colour of the movie which released last Friday.

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