Responding to demand from aspiring visual effects artists from across Australia and beyond, Rising Sun Pictures is expanding its visual effects educational program, operated in partnership with the University of South Australia. RSP will now offer a Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, modeled after its successful Graduate Certificate in Composting and Tracking. It is also adding to its menu of short courses covering 3D modeling, compositing and other subjects.
Hoyts Chadstone has become the first cineplex in Australia to install Christie’s groundbreaking RGB laser projection system. Located within the sprawling Chadstone Shopping Centre, Hoyts Chadstone has 13 auditoriums, including the 390-seat Xtremescreen premium auditorium fitted with a massive 24-meter wide screen – one of the biggest in Australia. The projection system here includes a Christie CP42LH 3DLP 4K RGB laser projector featuring enhanced wavelength diversification, connected via fiber optic to a laser rack housing nine laser modules that generate white light from multiple combinations of RGB primary color wavelengths to offer a spectacular 3D viewing experience on silver screens.
Christie is showcasing its line cinema technologies at the 71st Australian International Movie Convention, taking place at the Pavilion Marquee, Jupiters Hotel & Casino in Gold Coast, Australia, October 9-13.
X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest entrant in Twentieth Century Fox’s popular superhero franchise, features more time-bending magic from Australia’s Rising Sun Pictures. The visual effects studio contributed to several key sequences in the film, most notably an electrifying scene where Quicksilver (Evan Peters) uses his hyper-speed ability to rescue students from an exploding mansion. Quicksilver’s Rescue builds on a notable scene from the preceding X-Men: Days of Future Past where the character races around a Pentagon cafeteria to prevent security guards from shooting a trio of X-Men. RSP’s impeccable work in making pots, pans, bullets and water drops freeze in mid-air helped the film earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.
The theme for the SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition is Persistence of Vision – Defining the Future. The show will be held in Sydney, July 14-17. The theme gives a nod to the optical illusion that makes motion imaging possible and reinforces the ongoing devotion of SMPTE to the critical tasks of standards development and education for the motion-imaging industry.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced that Chris Fetner, director of global content partners operations at Netflix, will present the opening keynote at the biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition July 14-17 at the Entertainment Precinct at Moore Park in Sydney.
Amalgamated Holdings Limited, Australia, has committed to install Dolby Atmos into some 20 new premium cinema screens that form part of its future expansion plans.
Based on Peter Rees’ book The Other ANZACs, ANZAC Girls tells the true story of five military nurses from Australia and New Zealand who served with Allied forces during World War I. Witnessing the horrors of war, the women experienced severe hardships while tending to the wounded and formed bonds of friendship that would last a lifetime. As series producer Lisa Scott (who produced the series with Felicity Packard) explains, the series “offers unique insight by showing how the war affected people, other than soldiers on the line.” The first episode premiered on Australian TV earlier this month and got exceptional ratings around Australia and much critical acclaim.
Christie Solaria Series projectors and Christie Vive Audio cinema systems have been installed in a newly opened cineplex located in New Farm, a trendy inner-city suburb of Brisbane. Known as New Farm Cinemas, the complex houses six auditoriums that are color-themed with each theater catered for different purposes and clientele.