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Ian Cope: Twenty Years of VFX

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 16:07 -- Nick Dager

Ian Cope, senior visual effects producer at Australia’s Rising Sun Pictures recently celebrated his 20-year anniversary at the company. A significant accomplishment in any career, Cope’s longevity is especially impressive for someone in the visual effects industry, where employment at one studio is often measured in months, not years. And, in that time he has worked on a long list of successful films, including Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Gravity, Ford v Ferrari, and Spiderman: Far from Home, to name just a few.

Rising Sun Pictures Opens Production Studio in Brisbane

Tue, 04/12/2022 - 16:03 -- Nick Dager

Benefitting from a worldwide boom in film and series production, Adelaide-based Rising Sun Pictures has opened a visual effects production studio in Brisbane. Visual effects supervisor Marc Varisco and compositing supervisor Matt Greig are leading the studio’s artist team. Veteran visual effects producer Jayne Herrmann is overseeing production.

United Cinemas, Australia, Upgrades Sound System

Wed, 03/16/2022 - 12:39 -- Nick Dager

United Cinemas recently upgraded their flagship facility at Warriewood with advanced JBL Professional cinema audio technology. Located just north of Sydney in Warriewood, United Cinemas is a premier seven-screen multiplex cinema that offers a premium movie-watching experience including leather recliners with built-in wireless phone chargers, as well as world-class food and beverage service.

Wallis Cinemas First Exhibitor to Embrace Vista Cloud Platform

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 10:34 -- Nick Dager

Wallis Cinemas, Australia, has become the first exhibitor to embrace the Vista Cloud platform. “We’re excited about the whole system, and its impact on both our operations and sales channels,” said Wallis Cinemas COO Ben Huxtable. “Vista’s Digital Platform will power our digital channels and ensure uninterrupted ticket sales across all of our cinemas. And we’re also going to streamline the daily management of tasks for staff as they only have to log in to a single, intuitive web portal to access Vista’s entire capability suite. The time saving, and efficiencies will be massive.”

RSP Produces 200 Effects Shots for Hawkeye

Tue, 02/01/2022 - 09:27 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures produced nearly 200 visual effects shots for the new Marvel Studios series Hawkeye, which recently debuted on Disney+. The studio’s work included the reproduction of an actual New York City neighborhood visible outside an apartment where much of the series takes place. Rendered in extraordinary detail, the urban exterior is seen in daytime and nighttime contexts and under varying weather conditions, including a snowstorm.

Mixing Little Tornadoes

Tue, 01/11/2022 - 12:25 -- Nick Dager

As Dolby Atmos continues to become a dominant force in the audio industry, studios like Melbourne-based Red Road Immersive are pushing the boundaries with sound design, bringing unparalleled audio experiences to listeners. Red Road owner Angus Davidson has been in the music business for four decades. He recently handled the sound on Little Tornadoes, a feature film that premiered at the 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Movio Executive Changes Announced

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:42 -- Nick Dager

Vista Group CEO Kimbal Riley has announced that longtime Movio executives Sarah Lewthwaite and Matthew Liebmann will jointly lead the company following the departure of co-founder and chief executive Will Palmer this December. Movio, the marketing data analytics and cinema campaign management company, was founded by Palmer and Peter Beguely in 2010. Lewthwaite, Movio’s chief client officer located in London, and Matthew Liebmann, Movio’s chief operating officer operating out of the company’s Auckland headquarters, will report directly to Riley.

Rising Sun Pictures Adds Staff for VFX Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Mon, 11/01/2021 - 10:37 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures has added two post-doctoral researchers from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning to lead a new initiative centered on the application of artificial intelligence to its visual effects pipeline. Dr. John Bastian and Dr. Ben Ward will develop pipeline tools based on machine learning and other AI applications as a means of streamlining visual effects production and creating visuals that look more photorealistic.

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