After Baahubali-The Beginning garnered so much attention, Baahubali 2 is apparently getting bigger. Art director Sabu Cyril and crew are apparently working on creating something so much bigger than those in the prequel.
Art director Sabu Cyril revealed some surprising details about Baahubali 2 and the kingdom.
Baahubali 2 is going to be bigger than Baahubali. A report has revealed that close to 300-500 of Sabu’s workmen are working on the sets of Baahubali 2. This includes painters, carpenters, moulders, welders, construction workers and artists and they are doing all they can to make the kingdom of Baahubali 2 look spectacular!
National Award-winning art director Sabu Cyril revealed that he turned down several offers including Shankar’s 2.0 starring Rajinikanth for Baahubali 2. He revealed,
“Baahubali is undoubtedly the biggest film of my career. It’s like working in 10 films at the same time. It’s one of the most challenging films for me, being a period film and war drama involving such huge sets, characters, warriors, jungles, animals and royalty. But I am enjoying the challenge and have learnt the equivalent of another 10 years of work while working on part 1 and 2,”
Revealing how the kingdom in Baahubali 2 is being created with the help of a bigger budget and more materials to work with, he added,
“ For instance, I am designing a new kingdom for Baahubali 2 but I can’t reveal any details. So for all this, I am researching heavily from books, the Internet and interactions with experts in order to get newer materials to suit the requirements. Once I decide what materials I need I then have to source them out on a large scale. I am very excited about the opportunity of getting to experiment with new materials, some of which have been imported specially for the film. It’s like working in a laboratory, experimenting with newer ways to make credible looking props and sets in the most realistic manner. The success of my work lies in the fact that it fits in so seamlessly that it’s not even noticed. Most people thought that a large part was computer graphics in Baahubali, when actually it was real sets and props we constructed and used.”
Describing some interesting details and how, instead of computer graphics, some other material is being used to create the props, he added,
“Well to name a few, my team is working on animals. Right from mechanical snakes to horses and elephants, we are making them. For instance, when a horse falls in battle, it’s not a real one. Neither is it computer graphics. I have actually made horses out of materials so that they can be shown falling without hurting real animals. We create real looking human dummies shown falling in moving armies or people thrown from heights. We use a lot of prosthetics like the false arm for Nasser, which had to be shown moving in a certain way. So I have to conceive scenes sitting with the director and work out ways of making things seem real yet usable. For example, the weapons we create should look heavy and menacing but should be light weight enough for the actor to use convincingly.”
Throwing more light on how the team has planned every detail very meticulously, he added:
“There are dozens of products being used. I’ll try to name a few for you. For instance we are doing 3D printing in both parts of the film. Then I have used Carbon Fibre for the first time. This is a material that is used in helicopter blades. It’s lightweight but strong as steel. Then there is Integrated Rubber Foam which is normally seen on gym machines and cycle bars. I have used it to make menacing looking weapons which don’t hurt the actors, are soft to use but look strong. We use it for chains, helmets, rocks and boulders and war sequences. In fact, the Shivlinga the hero carried on his shoulder was made of this. We made 5 different Shivalingas to be used in different sequences of the film.”
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