25 years' most memorable moments: Australia

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: interview, jobs, rising sun pictures, rspvfx

AUSTRALIA [2008] - With Mel Jones

What did RSP do on Australia?

Rising Sun Pictures created over 150 shots for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia including animating the cattle for the drove sequences using the facility’s in-house crowd system, Posse.


Mel Jones 


What was your role in this film?

I was the General Manager of the Sydney office at the time.  I was overseeing all productions and projects as well as supporting the production team.


What was your most memorable moment working on this film? 

We were involved with the cattle droving sequence on this film. I remember having long conversations with people about bovine identification and the difference between cows, steers, cattle and poddy calves, etc and unsuccessfully trying to stop everyone referring to the cattle as 'cows'.


How long have you worked at RSP?

I was General Manger and VFX Producer 2005-2010

Interim Head of Production 2019 - current. 

What is your most memorable moment working at RSP?

Final delivery of any project is always a massive highlight. As each film goes through the stages of initial excitement to then figuring out the technological and creative challenges, moving onto the hard slog and finally that sense of achievement & camaraderie once the final shot is done and delivered. 

What do you enjoy most about working at RSP?

Getting to hang out with highly creative types who have no special needs whatsoever. 

Discover more about Australia

To find out more about what RSP did on AUSTRALIA visit the project page.