Studio’s work on
the film’s Quicksilver “Kitchen” scene also garners BAFTA, VES and AACTA

South Australia—Rising Sun
Pictures (RSP) Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Crosbie is part of the team
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for the
film X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Crosbie supervised the team of RSP artists
involved in creating the film’s exuberant “Kitchen” scene where time appears to
stand still as the speedy Quicksilver darts about the Pentagon cafeteria to
foil guards attacking a group of mutants. Also named in the nomination are Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora and
Cameron Waldbauer.

RSP’s talent has garnered a number of awards nominations for
their X-Men work. Crosbie is also
named in a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Achievement in Special Visual
Effects.  RSP artists are named in two
VES Award nominations, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal/Live
Action Motion Media Project (Dennis Jones), and Outstanding Effects Simulations in
a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Adam Paschke,
Premamurti Paetsch, Sam Hancock and Timmy Lundin). X-Men: Days of Future Past is also nominated for one of the VES
Awards’ most coveted honours, Outstanding
Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion
X-Men: Days of
Future Past
is among the nominees for Best Visual Effects or Animation
from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), with Tim Crosbie and Adam Paschke named
in the nomination. Additionally, Paschke and RSP’s Marc Varisco are among those
nominated in the same category for The
Water Diviner,
the film that marked the directorial debut of Russell Crowe.
This year marks the first time that the AACTA has presented an award for visual
effects and animation in this
format. The AACTA Awards will be held in Sydney on February 29, 2015.
“All of us at RSP are extremely proud of our work
on X-Men: Days of Future Past and to
have it recognized by our peers is very gratifying,” said RSP Executive
Producer Tony Clark. “We are very grateful to Director Bryan Singer, Visual
Effects Supervisor Richard Stammers and 20th Century Fox for giving
us the opportunity to work on such a fun, exciting and challenging project.”
The X-Men Kitchen scene involved an intricate blend of live action, computer-generated objects and visual effects.
RSP collaborated with VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers and Director Bryan Singer
to bring the scene to life through the production of scores of CG props, including
frying pans, knives, pots of boiling soup, carrots and bullets, as well as the
omnipresent cascades of water droplets. Each of these elements needed to be
rendered in near microscopic detail, placed precisely within the geometry of
the kitchen and choreographed to move and react realistically to lighting,
other objects and characters.
RSP also aided in integrating the speedy
Quicksilver into the near frozen environment. That illusion was accomplished
through a combination of live action, a stunt double, green screen photography,
a partial CG body replacement and a shimmering “rain tunnel” that forms around
Quicksilver (caused by his swift passage through the near motionless falling
water). Singer called RSP’s contribution “Truly!
Amazing! Work!” “It’s not easy to be ground-breaking and funny,” Singer said. “The work turned out incredible.”
RSP also contributed to
last year’s winner of the Oscar for visual effects, Gravity. The studio worked on a sequence
late in the film when the mammoth Tiangong space
station reenters Earth’s atmosphere and plunges toward the ground.
About Rising Sun Pictures:
Rising Sun Pictures are a passionate team of producers,
artists and technicians, known globally for delivering complex visual effects
on high profile feature film and television projects. Our clients are inspired
by the creative and technical solutions we deliver, and our team is integral in
providing a truly collaborative experience. RSP is currently working on Pan,
Tarzan and Gods of Egypt, with recent film credits including X-Men: Days of
Future Past, Gravity, The Seventh Son, The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, The
Hunger Games, Prometheus, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Green Lantern and
the final five Harry Potter films.   

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