Computer-generated imagery (CGI) in Hollywood and Bollywood is conventional these days. CGI is the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, printed media, video games, films, television programs, shorts, commercials, videos, and simulators.
Over a decade now, the entertainment world has lost many talented artists. There have been many movies including Bollywood, where filmmakers faced the challenge after the demise of an actor in their movie. The shooting was left unfinished. Nevertheless, thanks to the technology. With the help of CGI, the filmmakers can bring life on screen.
Here are the movies that used CGI:
Rishi Kapoor in Sharmaji:
Fans of late Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor will get to watch him one last time, Sharmaji Namkeen producer has confirmed. Rishi had shot maximum portions of the film that reunited him with former co-star Juhi Chawla. The producer, Honey Tehran feels that Kapoor’s fans deserve to say a proper goodbye to the veteran actor.
“We want to take this film to the theatres for his friends, family, and fans. We all owe this to Rishiji, one of the silver screen legends. I am grateful to [co-producers] Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar for investing in the movie not just monetarily, but also emotionally,” Trehan said.
Oliver Reed in Gladiator:
Oliver Reed died of a heart attack just moments after taking his last drink. Nominated for a BAFTA for his performance in the film, Reed’s role in Gladiator had to be finished using a digitally constructed face which was mapped onto a body double during editing. In the end, the script had to be rewritten to give Reed’s character a plausible resolution. Only two minutes of the film would be completed using the special effects, but the final results were convincing enough to go unnoticed by many viewers.
Paul Walker in Fast and Furious 7:
Walker’s untimely death after a car crash in California left his part in Fast and Furious seventh installment unfinished. Searching through previous scenes from Walker’s work in the other films of the franchise, the final scene of the movie shows a noticeably CGI version of the actor drag racing Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto as Brian takes one last drive into the sunset.
Marlon Brando in Superman Returns:
According to the movie Superman Returns’s co-writer Dan Harris, the idea of bringing the actor back began with a way to convey Superman searching for his place in the world. In the scene, Brando appears inside the Fortress of Solitude as the Man of Steel’s conscience, speaking to him two years after the actor’s death. To achieve the look, the VFX company Rhythm and Hues used previously shot footage from the 1978 Superman film, matching Brando’s eyes with his speech.
Roy Scheider in Iron Cross:
Roy Scheider’s swan song turned out to be a not so memorable thriller. While working on the thriller Iron Cross, the actor passed away from complications from multiple myeloma. With a pivotal scene still left to film, director Joshua Newton sought ways to continue on with Scheider’s final project, included resorting to a latex mask which was touched up using computer imagery.