Adelaide, South Australia— Rising Sun Pictures has been nominated
for Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature in the Visual Effects Society’s 15th
Annual VES Awards. The nomination comes for the studio’s work on the Quicksilver Extraction sequence from the
20th Century Fox film X-Men:
Apocalypse
. Nominees include Alana
Newell and Compositors Jess Burnheim, Andy Peel and Matthew Shaw.
“We extend our heartiest congratulations to Alana, Jess,
Andy and Matthew on this wonderful honor,” said RSP’s Managing Director Tony
Clark. “It’s very rewarding to see their hard work, dedication and creativity
recognized by their industry peers. It inspires us to continue to produce
excellence.” Winners will be announced February 7 in Los Angeles where members
of the RSP team will be in attendance.

In the Extraction
sequence, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) uses his hyper-speed ability to rescue
mutants—and a bulldog—from an exploding building. The sequence builds on
a notable scene from the preceding X-Men:
Days of Future Past
(an Academy Award nominee for Best Achievement in
Visual Effects), also executed by RSP.

Practical stunts, motion control cinematography, slow
motion, CG environments, effects simulations and re-timed footage are
seamlessly composited to tell the story. “Each shot was creatively designed to
conform to ‘Quicksilver time,’” explains Newell. “Our compositors worked with
the layout and effects teams to calibrate the timing and composition of the
explosions. Debris and re-timed plates were laid out to plot how they would
work with the live action footage. Passes were rendered in deep, which was
especially useful in dealing with characters that move in and out spaces that
are filled with fire, debris, volumetric and other characters.”
The aesthetic balance of each shot was driven in compositing
to create the most appealing balance of elements. “There were a large number of
source frames due to plates that were shot at high frame rates and multiple
motion control passes,” Newell notes. “The team had to ensure that composites
were efficient and flexible enough to quickly respond to client timing and
layout changes.”
Stabilization was a significant challenge. In order to make
actors appear frozen in time, compositors had to rotoscope individual body
parts for control and stabilization. Subtle motion was then applied to each
character to give the impression that they were being affected, slowly, by the
pressure wake of the explosion.
About Rising Sun Pictures:
At Rising Sun
Pictures (RSP) we create inspirational visual effects for major studios
worldwide. Creating outstanding images is at the core of our existence. At the
heart of our talented team, there is a diverse knowledge and skill-set,
enabling a collaborative core where we can work together to solve problems and
deliver great visuals to our clients. We have achieved some truly amazing
visual effects work by providing innovative solutions to technically
challenging work. We have the capacity and talent pool to scale to suit the
needs of our clients. 

Our extensive filmography includes over 100 projects, including X-Men: Apocalypse,
Game of Thrones Season 6, The Legend of Tarzan, Gods of Egypt, Pan, X-Men: Days
of Future Past, The Hunger Games franchise, the Harry Potter franchise,
Gravity, The Wolverine, Prometheus and The Great Gatsby. 

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