Rising Sun Pictures in Adelaide creates special effects for biggest film directors, franchises

Rising Sun Pictures' managing director Tony Clark (right), the Pulteney Street, Adelaide, studio, and an example of its film special effects in action on the big screen.
Images courtesy Brand South Australia

Rising Sun Pictures, based in a Pulteney Street, Adelaide, studio, has its special visual effects featured in the films of some of the world’s top directors, including Steven Spielberg and James Cameron,and for blockbuster film series such as Harry Potter, Hunger Games and X-Men.

Its film portfolio also includes Peter Rabbit, The Great Gatsby, Thor: Ragnarok, Gravity and Tomb Raider. Completing its first Chinese film project in 2018, Rising Sun added Captain Marvel to its superhero firm work.

Rising Sun Pictures is named after an Adelaide suburban hotel where Emmy Award-winning cinema photographer Tony Clark (now managing director), Wayne Lewis and Gail Fuller, all in their later 20s in pre-Google/Facebook 1995, had a vision that South Australia could be their base for contributing to the coming huge impact of computer graphics in film making.

Rising Sun Pictures, competing with special-effects houses world, has brought in more than $220 million to the South Australian economy and employs more than 200. Its growth has been boosted by streaming services such as Netflix and Disney. Rising Sun sees more potential in combining its Adelaide lifestyle advantages with embracing emerging technologies like virtual and augmented reality.

The company is also bolstering the education program it runs with the University of South Australia by added an undergraduate courses in visual effects skills and expanded its graduate certificate program.

Rising Sun Pictures is one of more than 500 businesses who registered for the City of Adelaide's revolutionary Ten Gigabit Adelaide infrastructure that gives vastly improved internet connectivity, cybersecurity and synchronised upload and download speeds.

 • Information from Brand South Australia.

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