Press 09.05.17

BIG IN HOLLYWOOD: AUSFILM MEMBERS WORKING ON INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS



The Guardian’s screen journalist Karl Quinn reported earlier this year on Ausfilm VFX members working on major international productions. Take a read:  

If you’ve watched a Hollywood blockbuster lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Australian filmmakers at their best – even if you didn’t know it. We’re used to seeing the likes of Hugh Jackman and the Hemsworth brothers listed above the title, but buried deep in the credits of many a big-budget studio film are a bunch of other Australians, superstars in the rarefied realm of effects work.

They aren’t household names but Rising Sun Pictures, Iloura, Animal Logic, Luma and Cutting Edge are as in-demand as it gets.

“The relationship with Hollywood is huge”, says Simon Rosenthal, boss of Iloura, which has offices in Melbourne and Sydney. “I’d say about 99 per cent of our revenue is generated out of the US.”

In the past couple of years Australian firms have quietly contributed to the X-Men films Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Gravity, The Legend of Tarzan, Ted and its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ghostbusters and Prometheus, among others. They’ve also worked on big-budget TV series, most notably Game of Thrones.

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Game of Thrones ©HBO

Sydney’s Animal Logic has in fact developed such a reputation that it has now moved into production in its own right, with a couple more Lego Movies and live-action-animation hybrid films of Peter Rabbit and Astro Boy in the works.

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The Lego® Ninjago® Movie  ©2017Warner Bros.Entertainment Inc.

Their work is world-class, but the post-production, digital and visual effects (PDV) sector is the unsung hero of the local industry, worth a record $105 million in 2015-16, according to industry body Ausfilm but barely registering with most moviegoers.

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Read the entire article on TheGuardian.com.au.