Studio’s graduate
certificate programs have become a springboard to careers in visual effects.
Adelaide, South Australia— For aspiring visual effects artists, the path to stardom
increasingly begins in Adelaide, South Australia. Rising Sun Pictures, which is
based in Adelaide, has garnered international acclaim for its work in creating
visual effects for films and television shows including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game
of Thrones
and the upcoming Thor
, but it’s also got a growing reputation as a training ground for
future talent.
RSP’s education program,
operated in alliance with the University of South Australia, offers graduate
certificate programs across a range of visual effects disciplines, and it
amassed an impressive track record for helping students move from the classroom
to industry jobs. Over the past two years, some 22 students
who’ve trained at RSP—where the program is limited to 10 students per semester—have
gone directly into paid employment at visual effects studios in Australia and

“It’s fantastic,” says Anna Hodge, Manager for
Education and Training. “Most students come to us after they’ve earned an
advanced diploma of degree. For them, we’re like a finishing school. We teach
them the industry skills and practices.”

RSP’s program is unique in that students train on the
premises of a world-class visual effects studio and their teachers are all
working professionals. Classes are organized like real-world productions and
students are expected to conform to industry standards for quality and
efficiency.  The classes are also highly
creative and offer young artists a chance to spread their wings in their
selected discipline. Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Compositing and
Tracking and Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting programs
recently teamed up to produce an original short film. It was accepted into the
prestigious Adelaide Film Festival where it will have its world premiere next
Other visual effects studios that have hired RSP
graduates include Animal Logic, Cutting Edge, Resin VFX, Iloura, The
Gingerbread Man, Foundry and Apple. Studios value the practical skills and work
discipline that RSP-trained artists invariably bring, says Lincoln Wogan, VFX
Producer at Resin VFX, which recently brought on three of the school’s grads.
“Finding good, capable
junior compositors who can fit into a team and workflow has become less of a
challenge thanks to the Rising Sun Pictures Graduate Certificate in Compositing
and Tracking course,” Wogan observes. “RSP
graduates are skilled, have great attention to detail, understand workflow
principles and are essentially ready to work. It is one of the first things we
look for on a resume when hiring a junior. It is as close to a quality guarantee as you can get.”
Not surprisingly, the
biggest beneficiary of the influx of talent is RSP itself. Recently five
students went directly from the classroom to staff positions and are now hard
helping to craft visual effects for Hollywood blockbusters. “Recruiters are
always contacting us about talent,” says Hodge, “but if we can employ them
ourselves, it’s a good thing.”
Success begets success.
Applications for future slots in the graduate certificate programs continue to
rise. Students come to RSP from all parts of Australia. The studio expects to
welcome its first international students next year.
In response to growing
demand, RSP is looking to expand its program. It plans to offer master
classes as well as units within UNISA’s Media Arts degree next year. “What we offer here
is best practice when it comes to work-integrated learning,” says Hodge. “It’s a unique program and it ensures the
availability of a well-trained and enthusiastic workforce that is ready to step
into jobs not only here in Australia, but around the world.”
Applications are now open for the February 19, 2018 intake.  For more information, visit: or contact Anna Hodge at
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 Logan, 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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