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‘Robot and RA.One seem impressive’

Nicolas Aithadi, special effects supervisor for popular Hollywood movies including Harry Potter and X-Men series, wishes India luck with VFX and SFX.

hollywood Updated: Jun 15, 2011 20:21 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Nicolas Aithadi has an extremely impressive and enviable body of work when it comes to special effects and animation in Hollywood. With films like the X-Men series, 10000 BC, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, Alexander and Troy to his credit, Nicolas believes that India now has a chance to get noticed for its movies with special effects and animation.

“I’ve only heard of two big movies that have a strong base of animation and special effects. Robot and RA.One seem impressive. I haven’t seen either but from whatever I’ve heard, they should be stunning to watch,” says Nicolas, whose latest release is X-Men: First Class followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

He goes on to add: "I’ve come across a lot of Indian technicians who’re working on Hollywood movies because a lot of work now gets outsourced to India from Hollywood studios. So, more than the Indian movies, it’s the Indian minds that are being talked about in the west."

Nicolas, who recently visited India for the CGT Expo for animation, special effects and visual effects, is looking forward to the release of his next, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. “I can promise a larger-than-life experience this time too. The first part was loved across the globe. The second part, I’m sure, will be adored and remembered forever too. I can’t reveal much about the story but I can tell you that it’s the kind of adventure Harry Potter fans can’t even begin to imagine,” he beams, admitting that it was a tough choice between the Harry Potter movie and the upcoming movie from the James Bond franchise.

“Oh, I can’t tell you what a pinch that was,” he says. “I had to let that project go because the work on both movies is time consuming. And I can’t step into two boats at the same time. But I’m going to clinch the next Bond movie for sure. There are ample to come, you see.”

Popular works…
2011 X-Men: First Class
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2008 10,000 BC
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2004 Alexander
2004 Troy
2004 Stage Beauty
2004 Secret Passage
2003 The Medallion
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
2002 Sweat
2002 Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra
2001 Wasabi

First Published: Jun 13, 2011 15:20 IST