25 years' most memorable moments: Ford v Ferrari

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: interview, jobs, rising sun pictures, rspvfx

FORD v FERRARI [2019] - With Malte Sarnes 

What did RSP do on Ford v Ferrari?

RSP helped to recreate one of the most thrilling events in the history of auto racing for Ford v Ferrari, a film from 20th Century Fox and Director James Mangold. The studio produced 223 visual effects shots for the film, the majority for an 8-minute sequence depicting the first “24 Hours of Daytona” race in 1966. We created a historically-accurate, digital replica of the famous speedway and filled it with cheering

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25 years' most memorable moments: Harry Potter

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: interview, jobs, rising sun pictures, rspvfx

Harry Potter Films - with Dan Bethell 

What did RSP do on Harry Potter?

RSP worked on five of the Harry Potter films and created many memorable moments, including the magical blue flame in the Goblet of Fire, the Order of the Phoenix headquarters which magically appears, Professor Slughorn's transformation from “chair” to human form, and the amazing reassembling of his room in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and the Dementors, the interior of the Ministry of Magic, and contributed to

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25 years' most memorable moments: Charlotte's Web

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: interview, jobs, rising sun pictures, rspvfx

CHARLOTTE'S WEB [2013] - With Nick Pill 

What did RSP do on Charlotte's Web?

We served as lead vendor and were responsible for designing the main character. We created a fully-digital, photo-real Charlotte (the spider), and implemented her into all shots. The anthropomorphic spider has more than 20 minutes of screen-time and her presence had to be realistic and convincing both from naturalistic and emotional perspectives. We worked on Charlotte and her webs over an 18-month period.

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25 years' most memorable moments: Gravity

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: interview, jobs, rising sun pictures, rspvfx

GRAVITY [2013] - With Ian Cope 

What did RSP do on Gravity?

RSP created the climactic re-entry sequence at the end of Gravity, where the space station Tiangong makes an uncontrolled descent in to the earth’s atmosphere. It meant a fully digital environment including CG space station, re-entry pod, earth, flames, plasma, destruction, and as Director Alfonso Cuarón always said, lots of PERIL! 

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Rising Sun Pictures Marks 25 Years of Creating Movie Magic

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: film, interview, jobs, vfx, rising sun pictures, south australia, rspvfx

Award-winning visual effects studio has achieved long-term success by sticking to its values and earning the trust of the world’s top film studios.  

Adelaide, South Australia—May 11, 2020 — Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) today marks its 25th anniversary. It’s another milestone for the visual effects studio which, from humble beginnings,

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Staff Profile: Bhakar James

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: interview, jobs, rising sun pictures, rspvfx

M E E T  BHAKAR JAMES

Generations of the James family have called the town of Durban in South Africa home. However, for Bhakar James, living there is a distant memory. When he was four, his parents took him and his two sisters, left South Africa and made the journey to South Australia to start a new chapter.

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Resilience: riding the wave of VFX

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: rising sun pictures, rspvfx, ves

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.

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RSP Education Prepares Students for Success in a Thriving VFX Industry

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: education, film, rspedu, student, vfx, rising sun pictures, rspvfx, unisa

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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Staff Profile: MATT SHAW

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: interview, jobs, rising sun pictures, rspvfx

M E E T  M A T T  S H A W  

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

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RSP CONTRIBUTES TO 2 of the Bakeoff 10

BY: Crystel Newman |

CATEGORIES: rising sun pictures, rspvfx, awards

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. 

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