Jeanette and Tony Levine, the founders of Spotlight Cinema Advertising in Perth, Australia, are retiring and turning over the business to media professional Erin Pitchers.
Australia’s Westpac is using BindiMaps, a digital wayfinding startup, to make the OpenAir Cinema season more accessible for moviegoers with disabilities. This collaboration marks a significant stride towards inclusivity and will see the introduction of BindiMaps' navigation app and BindiWeb platform at the cinema.
Rising Sun Pictures’ visual effects supervisor Julian Hutchens and visual effects producers Ian Cope, Andrew Whitehurst, Kathy Siegel and Alistair Williams, won the 2024 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation for their work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
Australia’s Val Morgan cinema is reporting record turnouts at its theatres during the 2023-24 summer with 9.8 million patrons.
For The Marvels, the new superhero adventure from Marvel Studios, Rising Sun Pictures was tasked with creating a vast city on the planet Hala, home to the Kree Empire and its artificial intelligence ruler, the Supreme Intelligence. Artists created both a representation of the futuristic city at the height of its power, and as a devastated ruin. The studio also produced the film’s awe-inspiring opening and closing sequences showing the luminous implosion and miraculous rebirth of Hala’s sun.
Rising Sun Pictures delivered more than 170 visual effects shots for the first season of One Piece, the Netflix adventure series about the young pirate Monkey D. Luffy and his ragtag crew on a quest for treasure and glory. The studio’s work centered on the fantastical array of naval and pirate ships featured in the show, a live action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s immensely popular manga.
Rising Sun Pictures was a key visual effects provider for season two of Loki, the hugely popular series from Marvel and Disney+. The studio’s primary role was to animate Miss Minutes, an artificial intelligence driven character in the form of an orange clock who appears throughout the series, spreading propaganda on behalf of the Time Variance Authority, the organization that monitors timelines in the multiverse. RSP worked under the supervision of Marvel visual effects supervisors Christopher Townsend and Sandra Balej and visual effects producer Allison Paul.
In partnership with the Australian company EVT, Val Morgan is gearing up for another season of Moonlight Cinema, which the organizers say is the country’s biggest and best outdoor cinema experience. This year, Moonlight Cinema will return across five iconic, picturesque parklands in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane, welcoming cinema-lovers and experience-seekers alike during the peak summer and holiday period.
Star Media and Bamix have partnered on another cinema advertising campaign to introduce and promote the Cordless Plus, which has seen encouraging sales performance to date in the Australian market. The 13-week campaign will run on the Star Media Platinum Cinema Advertising Network will run until February 15, 2023
The Western Australian independent production company White Spark Pictures has launched a new standalone technology business for its virtual reality distribution concept Surround Sync. Led by COO and managing director Benn Ellard, the new company will be responsible for the delivery of the patent-pending technology to cinemas and other venues around the world, as well as distributing third-party VR films and immersive content.