Bollywood Backstage: Everything About The Fake Horses In Films
Animatronics is the use of motors to animate a replica of a human or an animal, or bring lifelike characteristics to an otherwise inanimate object. Makes sense? Easier version: It is all the fake animals people ride in movies like Manikarnika. Actors aren’t just born with horse-riding skills! Check out this uber-realistic looking elephant, for example:
We met with Prasun Basu and his partner Gauri Tiwari who run an animatronics studio in Mumbai. Prasun spoke about the need for these life-like robots:
Prasun also spoke about how he got into the world of fake horses and elephants due to lack of resources available to him in production design:
He pointed out how animatronics is spreading like wild-fire and becoming the first choice for film-makers.
While animatronics is rapidly growing, it remains to be seen if it could ever take over the fluidity of CGI. What do you think the future of animatronics is going to be?
Producer: Vishnu Venugopalan
Camera: Sanjoy Deb
Assistant Camera: Gautam Sharma
Editor: Veeru Krishan Mohan
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