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  • Rising Sun Pictures helped to recreate one of the most famous, and tragic, battles of World War I as sole visual effects provider for the acclaimed Australian television mini-series Deadline Gallipoli. The Adelaide visual effects studio, which had a hand in the project from pre-production through final delivery, produced digital matte paintings representing historic locations in Egypt, Turkey and Greece, created a CG armada for the series’ epic landing sequence, and crafted a host of pyrotechnics as part of a huge package of visual effects. The series aired on Foxtel’s Showcase channel in tandem with the 100th anniversary of the battle.

    Directed by Michael Rymer (Queen of the Damned, Battlestar Galactica), Deadline Gallipoli tells the story of three Australian journalists who travel to Turkey to cover the war but are prevented from reporting the true nature of the catastrophe. With a stellar cast including Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Joel Jackson, Charles Dance and Rachel Griffiths, the two-part series drew rave reviews for its unflinching portrait of bitter armed conflict, human sacrifice and the moral dilemmas of war. It is currently nominated for an Australian Writer’s Guild AWGIE Award.

    Rising Sun Pictures’ team, led by Visual Effects Supervisor Marc Varisco and Visual Effects Producer Ian Cope, worked with Rymer and his production team from the project’s earliest stages in designing and planning visual effects elements. The series was shot entirely in South Australia with digital matte paintings and set extensions used to transform practical locations into historically accurate renderings of settings in the Near East. That included sprawling cities in Turkey filled with mosques and limestone structures, as well as vast military encampments, where a small number of set elements were supplemented with digital tents, vehicles and environmental effects.

    Varisco was present on the set for much of the production, providing technical and creative advice for complex shots. “It was wonderful to be able oversee this project from start to finish,” Varisco observed. “That ensured that we had the elements we needed to be successful and allowed us to have full control over the final product.”

    RSP’s most impressive feat was the production of intricately-detailed CG models of military ships supporting the landing of ground troops in Turkey. They included a photo-real copy of the HMS Majestic, a pre-dreadnought battleship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat. The fully CG sequence recreates the sinking of the ship, which capsized after a massive blast with its masts stuck to the sea bottom and its hull upturned.

    Other effects work include digital soldiers (some wounded or dead) added to battle scenes, along with stacks of munitions, artillery flashes and other elements.

    The project was furthered challenged by a quick delivery schedule and fixed budget. RSP rose to the occasion by drawing on its deep experience in historical recreations, including its work on another Australian television production, ANZAC GIRLS, which also centered on the Gallipoli campaign. “We are very proud of our ability to deliver on time and on budget, while maintaining the same standards we adhere to when working on Hollywood features,” said Cope.

    Rising Sun Pictures helped to recreate one of the most famous, and tragic, battles of World War I as sole visual effects provider for the acclaimed Australian television mini-series Deadline Gallipoli. The Adelaide visual effects studio, which had a hand in the project from pre-production through final delivery, produced digital matte paintings representing historic locations in Egypt, Turkey and Greece, created a CG armada for the series’ epic landing sequence, and crafted a host of pyrotechnics as part of a huge package of visual effects. The series aired on Foxtel’s Showcase channel in tandem with the 100th anniversary of the battle.

    Directed by Michael Rymer (Queen of the Damned, Battlestar Galactica), Deadline Gallipoli tells the story of three Australian journalists who travel to Turkey to cover the war but are prevented from reporting the true nature of the catastrophe. With a stellar cast including Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Joel Jackson, Charles Dance and Rachel Griffiths, the two-part series drew rave reviews for its unflinching portrait of bitter armed conflict, human sacrifice and the moral dilemmas of war. It is currently nominated for an Australian Writer’s Guild AWGIE Award.

    Rising Sun Pictures’ team, led by Visual Effects Supervisor Marc Varisco and Visual Effects Producer Ian Cope, worked with Rymer and his production team from the project’s earliest stages in designing and planning visual effects elements. The series was shot entirely in South Australia with digital matte paintings and set extensions used to transform practical locations into historically accurate renderings of settings in the Near East. That included sprawling cities in Turkey filled with mosques and limestone structures, as well as vast military encampments, where a small number of set elements were supplemented with digital tents, vehicles and environmental effects.

    Varisco was present on the set for much of the production, providing technical and creative advice for complex shots. “It was wonderful to be able oversee this project from start to finish,” Varisco observed. “That ensured that we had the elements we needed to be successful and allowed us to have full control over the final product.”

    RSP’s most impressive feat was the production of intricately-detailed CG models of military ships supporting the landing of ground troops in Turkey. They included a photo-real copy of the HMS Majestic, a pre-dreadnought battleship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat. The fully CG sequence recreates the sinking of the ship, which capsized after a massive blast with its masts stuck to the sea bottom and its hull upturned.

    Other effects work include digital soldiers (some wounded or dead) added to battle scenes, along with stacks of munitions, artillery flashes and other elements.

    The project was furthered challenged by a quick delivery schedule and fixed budget. RSP rose to the occasion by drawing on its deep experience in historical recreations, including its work on another Australian television production, ANZAC GIRLS, which also centered on the Gallipoli campaign. “We are very proud of our ability to deliver on time and on budget, while maintaining the same standards we adhere to when working on Hollywood features,” said Cope.

    Credits & Crew
    Director:
    Michael Rymer
    Producer:
    Penny Chapman
    VFX Producer:
    Ian Cope
    VFX Supervisor:
    Marc Varisco Tony Clark
    Rising Sun Pictures:
    Adam Paschke Adam Potter Admin User Al Ireland Alana Newell Alex Meddick Andrew Clarke Andrew Palmer Anna Creasy Anne Vu Anto Bond Austin Ronald Ben Dickson Ben Paschke Chris King Claire Kearton Craig Field Damien Thaller Dan Copping David Cattermole Dylan Binns Gemma Wood Hannah Murdoch Harry Medlin Hubert Maston Ian Cope Jack French Jared Embley Jason Madigan Jess Burnheim Kenny Yong Kevin Campbell Makoto Hatanaka Marc Varisco Marcus Riquier Mark Day Mark Story Matt Shaw Matthias Klein Nataliya Tsyganok Nick Pill Ole Nordby Paris Downes Paris Downs Paul Kirwan Paul Taylor Ranjith Kizhakkey Robert Hall Ryan Grobins Sam Hancock Sam Hodge Sam Hodge Shane Aherne Shane Berry Shawn McCarten Simon Herden Simon Malessa Simon Millanta Simon Walsh Spyro Polymiadis Stuart MacKenzie Thomas Cant Thomas Price Timmy Lundin Tony Clark Victor Glushchenko Vinnakota Gupta Zoe Lamaera
    Director:
    Michael Rymer
    Producer:
    Penny Chapman
    VFX Producer:
    Ian Cope
    VFX Supervisor:
    Marc Varisco Tony Clark
    Rising Sun Pictures:
    Adam Paschke Adam Potter Admin User Al Ireland Alana Newell Alex Meddick Andrew Clarke Andrew Palmer Anna Creasy Anne Vu Anto Bond Austin Ronald Ben Dickson Ben Paschke Chris King Claire Kearton Craig Field Damien Thaller Dan Copping David Cattermole Dylan Binns Gemma Wood Hannah Murdoch Harry Medlin Hubert Maston Ian Cope Jack French Jared Embley Jason Madigan Jess Burnheim Kenny Yong Kevin Campbell Makoto Hatanaka Marc Varisco Marcus Riquier Mark Day Mark Story Matt Shaw Matthias Klein Nataliya Tsyganok Nick Pill Ole Nordby Paris Downes Paris Downs Paul Kirwan Paul Taylor Ranjith Kizhakkey Robert Hall Ryan Grobins Sam Hancock Sam Hodge Sam Hodge Shane Aherne Shane Berry Shawn McCarten Simon Herden Simon Malessa Simon Millanta Simon Walsh Spyro Polymiadis Stuart MacKenzie Thomas Cant Thomas Price Timmy Lundin Tony Clark Victor Glushchenko Vinnakota Gupta Zoe Lamaera

    The Real Macaw was the first feature film worked on by RSP.
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    Level 1, 180 Pulteney Street Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia

    +61 8 8400 6400 vfxinfo@rsp.com.au

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