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H'wood FX specialist wants Indian job

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 12:33 IST
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He scared the hell out of us in Jaws. He took fright to a different level in Jurassic Park. And now one of Hollywood's most sought after special effects man, Kevin Pike, is scouting India for work.

Pike, a close associate of ET and Schindler's List maker Steven Spielberg and Star Wars director George Lucas, is looking to work with his latest fascination - Indian filmmakers.

But why India?

"In addition to the natural allure of the country itself, the growing film market and the increase in the more 'action' oriented filmmaking that Bollywood is currently entertaining provides an attractive opportunity to share some of the Hollywood magic," Pike said in an e-mail interview.

"The fact that you produce the sheer volume of films that you do, that it satisfies such a diverse audience and is becoming so successful globally is most respectable," Pike, who is open to working with south Indian or any other Indian filmmaker, observed.

Over the years, Pike, who began his career with the 1995 Spielberg classic Jaws, has garnered several awards and nominations, including an Emmy (1994-95) for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects for "Earth 2".

He was nominated for an Oscar for his work as special effects supervisor on Back to the Future (1985), the Amblin/Universal feature.

Pike, who is best known for his work in movies like the Harrison Ford-starrer Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Return Of The Jedi and Star Trek, is a treasure trove of knowledge and skill that Indians can use, say his promoters here.

"His experience over the years has taught Kevin that he likes challenges, the newness, the unknown elements of filmmaking, and that this is a determining factor in his goal of furthering his career," said Gautam Kurup of the New-Delhi-based Exotique Productions that is bringing Pike to India.

According to Pike, while there are lessons to be learnt by Hollywood from India, it is more so the other way round.

"The films (in India) are grand in their spectacle with colour and costume. Hollywood could learn a lesson from the music and dance that blends well with your story," Pike noted.

"I look forward to the move from the emotional/relationship films to the action/adventure stories and obviously more special effects would add some excitement," he said.

Pike said that special effects - not the computer generated ones but those done on camera on the sets - would soon be a lost art. The savings to the filmmaker and the ability to see the results as it happens on the set are most desirable.

"It also gives the talent something to interact with and that improves their performance as well. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to work with the greatest directors and talent in Hollywood, which can be shared with everyone," he said.

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