Picking up four South African Music Award nominations and respect from many fans across the country who enjoy their fusion of sound and music video effects, we met up with Lead Guitarist and Vocalist, Mthae from The Muffinz, to find out how SFX can fine tune a recipe for success for artists in the South African music industry. Like muffins, The Muffinz are made up of different ingredients. Apart from their music as the main ingredient to their success, this band has shown a lot of progression over recent times by adding special effects to their music videos.
The Turbulent Pictures team find this niche extremely interesting and consider it to be a competitive advantage to do SFX & VFX for music videos. Zamani, SFX Editor at Turbulent Pictures, spoke to Mthae to see how SFX & VFX can add more flavour to our local music industry –a winning formula that will make The Muffinz rise.
Mthae is inspired by how SFX enhances storytelling and how it brings their music to life. “I’ve always had a passion for SFX and grew up reading Superman comics. The visual stimulation was also on another level back then. If it weren’t for those comic books, my imagination would be monochrome with a splash of emptiness”. Mthae also explains that there is a very big need in South Africa for SFX specifically the music industry in order for bands and artist to stay relevant to the ever-changing audiences.
At Turbulent Pictures we believe that we can bring imaginations to life across various industries ranging from advertising, live performance arts, music, TV production, theatre, films and many more. It’s a mashup of industries using SFX to enhance the story being told!
Checkout some more local examples of music videos with SFX:
Visual effects are the future and they can even turn the ugliest duckling into a swan – quite literally actually – allow us to give you a glimpse of some of these VFX techniques…
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1. Anti-Aging VFX
The Marvel’s X-Men movies are legendary and their cast, especially Prof. Xavier and villain Magneto, are solid characters in the franchise. With these extraordinary characters also comes great risk where substitute actors are being used to represent the characters in their prime. This is a great example of how you can turn back the clock 25 years, not only do you keep the actors, their popularity and a happy fan base but you also show-off the superhuman strength of visual effects. These shots can’t always be shot on green-screen, instead the use of powerful software and tons of research on the ageing process helps make it just as powerful as Wolverine’s healing abilities.
The heading can be quite misleading, and some would think we’re trying to sell another type of miracle diet. Sorry folks, this was not our intent. In the visual effects business we like to push boundaries, break out of our boxes (with a shield if possible) and think of bizarre things to do! In this case why not shrink Captain America down to a skinny loser. This is a very handy technique; you actually shoot a scene with both the actor and his skinny counterpart, then you do a digital head replacement with CGI. It takes a bit of acting from the cast, since half the time they speak down to Chris Evans’ chin and not his face, getting the angle perfect and believable for the shot. This type of VFX technique is time consuming but very effective.
3. Shrinking Characters with Camera Shots and Green-Screen
The green-screen has always been a winner. With The Hobbit’s making director Peter Jackson used a different technique this time around in shrinking the hobbits. Gandalf the wizard would be shot against a green background with the camera very close, making him look very tall and the hobbits would be shot simultaneously on their set. Both images would be overlapped and the green background removed and voila! This visual effects technique is a lot quicker than the previous one.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ makers did not monkey around when they produced the new blockbuster. This is a complete digital make-over, using actors only as guides to help the visual effect software locate accurate and natural movement as well as facial expressions. Afterwards they replace the actors with digital characters.
The Walking Dead has a lot to live up to in terms of making their blood and gore scenes look great. With this type of series it is better to ensure that the makeup and prosthesis being used look very realistic and convincing, this is touched up afterwards with layers of visual effects.
See the video below showing how these effects work:
These are only a few visual effect techniques that are being used in today’s movies. Visual effects keep on evolving and boundaries are being pushed daily to give viewers the most realistic VFX experience possible. Here at Turbulent Pictures our main focus is visual effects, it’s our passion, life’s work and we are very good at it. Give us a shot and you will not only be amazed with our team’s talents – you won’t believe your eyes! Can you afford not to work with the best in the business?