VFX work done here is listed below as steps-
Paint etches-out, fills-in, brings-in continuity, juxtaposes…in short, does things needed to bring about surreal visuals. Key aspects of Paint are making a clean plate, setting the background right and well, syncing-up objects with their background (incumbent / new) and grain-matching.
Clean plate is the foremost goal of Paint. It is one blemish-less frame for the other frames to emulate. It often takes a keen eye to make the cleanest plate for a string of frames. Once done, the rest of the frames are made to follow it.
Work done for ambience (backdrop) is either through prep or manual modes. Prep is when the backdrop never changes. For instance, if it is a static wall, this wall remains the same over all frames. Manual is when the background changes. Say, trees are swaying- this backdrop requires each of their positions traced. Team-Paint uses Silhouette or Photoshop for manual work.
Syncing-up characters with backdrop and matching grains are the next. These are done to yield a non-jerky, natural visual experience to viewers
Key skills put to use
Imagination forms the crux of work done at Paint. It is a pursuit to plug the invisibles and etch out the needless – frame after frame. Visual-clairvoyance is an art and it is not for all. Artists endowed with high dose of visualizing strengths are a natural here. Etch-out and what’s-behind-the-etch-out can throw unique challenges. Add to this, a dynamic backdrop. It often appears Paint is re-creating a cosmos all over again – from scratch.
Role seniors do
Clean plate is an area where seniors’ watchful eye makes a big difference. Even experienced teams may need artistic-confirmation from their experienced seniors. Team-leads are available to artists at all times for real-time reviews. Such direct, desk-level feedback helps minimize delays and makes iterations less painful.
The other roles seniors don are to get bids right (pragmatism rules here!), allocate talent, abide by ETAs and continuously interact with production. Seniors wear multiple hats but at heart, they fiercely maintain their creative slant. Managerial hats they sport are often a direct contrast to their creative skills. Experienced artists turn into managers as they develop essential managerial instincts as they go by and become pros in thinking on their feet.