Historically, the visual effects (VFX) industry has a male-dominated workforce. Gender disparity runs across the board, but is especially evident in artist and supervisory roles, where women occupy a small fraction of positions, and have for decades. But, at long last, that is slowly changing. Even as female-led blockbusters like Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie have taken the box office by storm, women have begun to turn up with greater frequency on VFX studio
Making it in visual effects requires tenacity and resilience, something Rising Sun Pictures’ Jennie Zeiher attributes to her, and the studio’s, success.
As Head of Business Development and a member of the Executive management team, Jennie Zeiher leads the team responsible for the visual effects studio’s forward slate of high-quality film and series projects.
This month nearly three dozen aspiring visual effects (VFX) artists arrived to study full-time at Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) in Adelaide, South Australia to take part in the studio’s highly-regarded training programs. Some will be students from the University of South Australia (UniSA) who will be undertaking the third year VFX specialisation towards their Media Arts degrees. Others will be enrolled in RSP’s Graduate Certificate program, an intensive, 12-week course offering advanced training
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As a kid growing up in Australia in the 80s, cruising the streets and dirt tracks on your BMX bike was a way of life. Matt Shaw was a true Aussie kid, embedded in this BMX Bandit culture and the great outdoors. He lived for adventure and exploring and spent as much time as he could outside. Hours were spent yabbying in the creek, fishing, going to the beach and snorkelling. He was fascinated with the underwater world, and for many years he wanted to be marine
Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) is proud to have contributed to two out of ten films being considered for the 2020 VFX Oscars. It's all about female power - Alita:Battle Angel and Captain Marvel.
Gail Fuller, Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) Co-Founder, was recognised for her ongoing commitment to leadership in the creative industry by receiving the ‘Santos Leader of the Year’ at the Advertiser and Sunday Mail’s Woman of the Year Awards 2019.
RSP won the Creative Industries award at the 57th Australian 2019 Export Awards.
The Awards recognise Australian companies which are excelling in the international marketplace by selling and promoting their products and services.
Announced at a gala awards ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on the 3 December 2019, the South Australian studio was recognised for its work as a leading exporter of visual effects to the worldwide film-making community. RSP has contributed to over 150
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The epic Star Wars franchise, which became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon, has inspired many young dreamers. It was Star Wars – A New Hope which set a young South Australian boy onto a path which would see him contribute to some of the biggest movies of all time.
From the back of a 1971 HG Holden station wagon, decked out with mattress and pillows, a 9-year-old Nick Pill watched ‘Star Wars – A New Hope’ on the big screen at the local drive-in. That night, the
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To be successful you need to be humble. Be hungry. Be the hardest working in the room, says Hollywood superstar Dwayne 'Rock' Johnson. RSP's Roberto is living proof that these are the simplest yet hardest ingredients for success.
Heading back in time, to a suburban house in Adelaide, a young boy created a replica layout of his family home for his primary school project. Impressed by his skills, and great attention to detail, Roberto's
Lewie Carson is a junior compositor at Method in Melbourne, where he has worked on several studio films including Men in Black: International, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Tomb Raider, Christopher Robin, Aquaman and A-X-L. Originally from Melbourne, Lewie completed Rising Sun Pictures’ Graduate Certificate Program in Compositing and Tracking in 2016. At RSP, he learned industry standard practices for roto/paint work and compositing, the same skills he employs on the job today.