ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Rising Sun Pictures’ RSP Education Program has partnered with the University of South Australia to give students an opportunity to learn the craft of visual effects from working professionals in a real-world production environment. The independent studio (rsp.com.au) created visual effects for five internationally-released feature films last year, including Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. The highly-anticipated
Tomb Raider is among its current work.
Courses are taught by RSP artists who’ve worked on such projects as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Gravity, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and Game of Thrones. Classrooms set up to mirror real-world production environments. RSP trains students in the technologies and techniques they will need to succeed in an expanding global film industry. Since the program’s inception in 2015, dozens of aspiring artists have used the studio’s undergraduate and graduate-certificate courses, as stepping-stones to their first industry jobs. In fact, in 2017, RSP employed an ten of the graduate certificate students. Adelaide based Resin VFX, and Sydney’s Animal Logic also employed students from the graduate certificate courses.
“We’re growing our program to meet both our workforce needs and those of the industry generally,” says Anna Hodge, RSP’s manager of education and training. “We have excellent instructors and attract talented students from both Australia and overseas.”
RSP Education also offers short courses to the general public and aspiring artists, including “Introduction to Animation,” providing them with a practical experience of the visual effects industry and what it takes to succeed in this competitive field.RSP is also increasing the offerings of its undergraduate training program in 2018. Additionally, for enrolled students pursuing a Media Arts degree at UniSA, RSP offers accredited courses in Modelling and Texturing, Look Development and Lighting, and a 10-week intensive Media Industry Placement. For further details, visit them online at: http://study.unisa.edu.au/postgraduate/vfx.