Adelaide, South Australia—Adelaide’s
own Hollywood success story, Rising Sun
Pictures
(RSP), and the University of South Australia have forged a unique
strategic partnership designed to keep the Australian visual effects industry
growing strong.
Rising Sun Pictures’ Managing Director and
Co-Founder, Wayne Lewis, says the
new association will provide undergraduate student placements and mentoring
opportunities with the award-winning visual effects production company, as well
as a co-delivered Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects.
Founded in 1995, RSP is a great South
Australian success story – a “can-do” group of professionals who have gone on
to build a company providing visual effects for blockbuster franchises such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, X-Men and The Hunger Games.
Wayne Lewis
“With its focus on quality, industry-based
learning with real employment outcomes, a partnership with UniSA is a natural
fit for us,” Lewis says.
“The new Graduate
Certificate in Visual Effects
is an intensive 12-week program teaching
students vital skills in visual effects (VFX) production and preparing them for
careers in the entertainment industry.
“Students of the program will
gain insights into the VFX industry like no other and graduate with the extra
skills to take them into careers here at RSP and at other effects facilities around
the world.”

UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd,
says the new partnership is just the sort of engagement UniSA aims to be a part
of – a partnership that champions local innovation and creativity and nurtures
local talent.
“Businesses such as RSP prove that you
don’t have to be in Hollywood, or even in Sydney, to make your mark
internationally – Adelaide has all the ingredients required,” he says.
“This is just the first step in an ongoing
relationship between UniSA and RSP and I’m excited for our students, who will
get the chance to work alongside true industry leaders, developing a skills set
that will be much in demand by film and digital production employers globally.”
Celebrating the new
partnership with RSP, on November 26th,
UniSA will host a visual effects industry night in the Hartley Playhouse at its
Magill campus.
The evening will showcase three
of Australia’s biggest visual effects companies – Rising Sun Pictures, Animal
Logic and Iloura; as well as major international studio Framestore, and provide
a rare opportunity for current and future students to learn about what it takes
to break into the visual effects industry.
This is a free but ticketed
event from 6pm to 9.30 pm.  Secure your
tickets at www.vfxindustrynight.eventbrite.com.au
Background
About the Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects
The training program will be delivered in RSP’s premises by RSP staff
and in 2016 will have three intakes beginning in January, April and September.
It includes training in Nuke, 3DEqualizer, Maya, Shotgun and other
industry-standard tools, as well as job-seeking and career advice from
experienced recruiters. Students will develop practical skills while working in
a simulated production environment.

Graduates who have completed a bachelor degree or acceptable advanced
diplomas are eligible to apply.        
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