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Dan Wills

Houdini Instructor, Uni SA’s Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting and 3rd year degree VFX specialisation.

With over 12 years experience creating explosions, magic effects, transformations and procedural cities, Dan Wills is arguably among the most knowledgeable Houdini effects artists in the industry. His credits include Xmen: Days of Future Past, Wolverine, Pan, the last five Harry Potter films, Hunger Games, Teminator 4, The Great Gatsby, Gravity and many other highly recognisable titles. Dan runs internal training sessions for our artists here at RSP, as well as lecturing our UniSA Third Year Media Industry Placement students and also RSP’s latest offering, the Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting.

Nikhil Khamboj

Instructor, Modelling and Texturing

A graduate from UniSA and the Vancouver Film School, Nikhil is a modeller / digital artist at Rising Sun Pictures, he creates production-ready organic (Character/Props) and Hard Surface (Props/Environments) assets.  Nikhil’s credits include Spiderman Far from home, X-Men Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel and Alita: Battle Angel.  Nikhil teaches the Modelling and Texturing elective course from the Uni SA Bachelor of Film and Television.

Christina Rzewucki

Instructor, Look Development and Texturing

Christina Rzewucki is a Texture and Look Development Artist at Rising Sun Pictures. Christina began her career with the game company Monkeystack. Since joining RSP in 2017, she has applied her diverse technical and creative skills to projects including the blockbusters Thor: Ragnarok and Tomb Raider. Christina teaches the texturing component of ‘Look Development and Lighting,’ a second year elective course associated with the Uni SA Bachelor of Film and Television.

Sam Hodge

Lighting Instructor, UniSA Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting and Media Arts degree.

Sam is one of the computer graphics knowledge bases here at RSP with experience ranging from the story telling to software engineering with everything in between. Coming from a background in genetic engineering, he retrained into creating life through polygons and pixels back in the late nineties. He has over thirty Hollywood feature credits mostly at Rising Sun Pictures, including VFX Oscar winning films Gravity and Avatar. Sam’s experience includes working in creature setup, lighting, CG supervision and pipeline. He started with RSP in 2005 and loves being able to share his experience with the students, he keeps to to date with current trends in technology never wanting to miss out on the next new thing, currently dabbling in machine learning and artificial intelligence.  Sam is passionate about teaching and finds it very rewarding.

Andrew Savchenko

 Compositing Instructor, Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking and 3rd year degree VFX specialisation.

Decade in VFX, over 30 credits ranging from TV series to feature films.
Compositing supervisor on “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and “Dumbo”, sequence lead on “Thor: Ragnarok”, compositor on “Avengers”, “Jurassic World” and others.

BA with major in Cinematography. Nominated for VES award in 2020.

Anil Reddy

Matchmove / Tracking Instructor, Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking

Prior to working at Rising Sun Pictures, Anil worked at MPC, Double Negative and Rhythm and Hues.  As a lead match move artist, Anil has developed briefs for outsourcing to vendors, QC of vendors shots, bidding match move shots, troubleshooting and quality checking tasks.  He also has previous VFX teaching experience at MPC.

Anil has worked on movies like Tomb Raider, Thor: Ragnarok, The Mummy, Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Passengers, Suicide Squad, Maleficent, Godzilla, and Life of Pi.

Thomas Maher

Instructor, UniSA Media Arts degree VFX specialisation and Graduate Certificate courses

Prize winning student from the February 2017 intake of the Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, Tom teaches in both the undergraduate and post-graduate VFX programs at RSP run in conjunction with the University of South Australia.  Tom is RSP’s go to guy with anything  “education” and tackles anything you throw at him with a cool calm and collected attitude!

Prior to coming to RSP, Tom’s employment history includes working at Adelaide based Resin Visual Effects where he used his Houdini skills to create water effects on the Netflix series Tidelands.  Tom’s most recent credit at RSP includes Captain Marvel.

Ben Holen

Instructor, UniSA Media Arts degree VFX specialisation and Graduate Certificate courses

After Ben completed his 10 week industry placement at Rising Sun Pictures as part of the UniSA Media Arts degree in late 2015, he was employed as a junior FX artist and has been working at RSP since.  Ben is the latest addition to the education program and some of his movie credits include Alita: Battle Angel, Animal World, The Predator, Tomb Raider, Peter Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok and X-Men: Apocalypse.  Ben is a great contributor to the program in looking at how education processes can be continually improved and streamlined to match industry practice.

Huan Luong

Teaching Assistant

A new addition in 2020 to the RSP Education program, Huan completed the UniSA VFX Specialisation of the Media Arts degree in 2019.  Snapped up by RSP shortly after finishing his training, Huan has been working in the 2D department and is incredibly multi-skilled, hence his ability to fit into our teaching program so well!  Through his training at UniSA and RSP, he has developed skills in FX, Lighting, Compositing, Roto/Paint and 3D Tracking/Match-move, using Houdini, Nuke, Silhouette, 3DEqualizer, and Maya.

Matthew Coombe

Teaching Assistant

The latest addition to our teaching program, Matthew is passionate about modelling and has completed both the UniSA Media Arts degree and also the Graduate Certificate in FX and Lighting.  He has attended all the various levels of short courses that RSP has offered over the years and also completed the Modelling and Texturing elective course as part of the second year of the Media Arts degree.

Jeremy Kelly-Bakker

Student short film Writer and Director

Jeremy got his start at Rising Sun Pictures at 19 as a trainee. In the years since Jeremy has worked at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX, Luma Pictures, and Kojo as a compositor on projects such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Iron Man and Captain America.
Jeremy has remained active with Adelaide film and television productions, working on locally produced shows such as Lucy and Dic, Danger 5, Wastelander Panda and The Pack. He has directed three award winning short films around China in Mandarin and Cantonese and continues to write and direct his own short films and stories under the banner of “We Made a Thing Studios”.

 

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Dan Wills

Houdini Instructor, Uni SA’s Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting and 3rd year degree VFX specialisation.

With over 12 years experience creating explosions, magic effects, transformations and procedural cities, Dan Wills is arguably among the most knowledgeable Houdini effects artists in the industry. His credits include Xmen: Days of Future Past, Wolverine, Pan, the last five Harry Potter films, Hunger Games, Teminator 4, The Great Gatsby, Gravity and many other highly recognisable titles. Dan runs internal training sessions for our artists here at RSP, as well as lecturing our UniSA Third Year Media Industry Placement students and also RSP’s latest offering, the Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting.

Nikhil Khamboj

Instructor, Modelling and Texturing

A graduate from UniSA and the Vancouver Film School, Nikhil is a modeller / digital artist at Rising Sun Pictures, he creates production-ready organic (Character/Props) and Hard Surface (Props/Environments) assets.  Nikhil’s credits include Spiderman Far from home, X-Men Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel and Alita: Battle Angel.  Nikhil teaches the Modelling and Texturing elective course from the Uni SA Bachelor of Film and Television.

Christina Rzewucki

Instructor, Look Development and Texturing

Christina Rzewucki is a Texture and Look Development Artist at Rising Sun Pictures. Christina began her career with the game company Monkeystack. Since joining RSP in 2017, she has applied her diverse technical and creative skills to projects including the blockbusters Thor: Ragnarok and Tomb Raider. Christina teaches the texturing component of ‘Look Development and Lighting,’ a second year elective course associated with the Uni SA Bachelor of Film and Television.

Sam Hodge

Lighting Instructor, UniSA Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting and Media Arts degree.

Sam is one of the computer graphics knowledge bases here at RSP with experience ranging from the story telling to software engineering with everything in between. Coming from a background in genetic engineering, he retrained into creating life through polygons and pixels back in the late nineties. He has over thirty Hollywood feature credits mostly at Rising Sun Pictures, including VFX Oscar winning films Gravity and Avatar. Sam’s experience includes working in creature setup, lighting, CG supervision and pipeline. He started with RSP in 2005 and loves being able to share his experience with the students, he keeps to to date with current trends in technology never wanting to miss out on the next new thing, currently dabbling in machine learning and artificial intelligence.  Sam is passionate about teaching and finds it very rewarding.

Andrew Savchenko

 Compositing Instructor, Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking and 3rd year degree VFX specialisation.

Decade in VFX, over 30 credits ranging from TV series to feature films.
Compositing supervisor on “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and “Dumbo”, sequence lead on “Thor: Ragnarok”, compositor on “Avengers”, “Jurassic World” and others.

BA with major in Cinematography. Nominated for VES award in 2020.

Anil Reddy

Matchmove / Tracking Instructor, Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking

Prior to working at Rising Sun Pictures, Anil worked at MPC, Double Negative and Rhythm and Hues.  As a lead match move artist, Anil has developed briefs for outsourcing to vendors, QC of vendors shots, bidding match move shots, troubleshooting and quality checking tasks.  He also has previous VFX teaching experience at MPC.

Anil has worked on movies like Tomb Raider, Thor: Ragnarok, The Mummy, Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Passengers, Suicide Squad, Maleficent, Godzilla, and Life of Pi.

Thomas Maher

Instructor, UniSA Media Arts degree VFX specialisation and Graduate Certificate courses

Prize winning student from the February 2017 intake of the Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, Tom teaches in both the undergraduate and post-graduate VFX programs at RSP run in conjunction with the University of South Australia.  Tom is RSP’s go to guy with anything  “education” and tackles anything you throw at him with a cool calm and collected attitude!

Prior to coming to RSP, Tom’s employment history includes working at Adelaide based Resin Visual Effects where he used his Houdini skills to create water effects on the Netflix series Tidelands.  Tom’s most recent credit at RSP includes Captain Marvel.

Ben Holen

Instructor, UniSA Media Arts degree VFX specialisation and Graduate Certificate courses

After Ben completed his 10 week industry placement at Rising Sun Pictures as part of the UniSA Media Arts degree in late 2015, he was employed as a junior FX artist and has been working at RSP since.  Ben is the latest addition to the education program and some of his movie credits include Alita: Battle Angel, Animal World, The Predator, Tomb Raider, Peter Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok and X-Men: Apocalypse.  Ben is a great contributor to the program in looking at how education processes can be continually improved and streamlined to match industry practice.

Huan Luong

Teaching Assistant

A new addition in 2020 to the RSP Education program, Huan completed the UniSA VFX Specialisation of the Media Arts degree in 2019.  Snapped up by RSP shortly after finishing his training, Huan has been working in the 2D department and is incredibly multi-skilled, hence his ability to fit into our teaching program so well!  Through his training at UniSA and RSP, he has developed skills in FX, Lighting, Compositing, Roto/Paint and 3D Tracking/Match-move, using Houdini, Nuke, Silhouette, 3DEqualizer, and Maya.

Matthew Coombe

Teaching Assistant

The latest addition to our teaching program, Matthew is passionate about modelling and has completed both the UniSA Media Arts degree and also the Graduate Certificate in FX and Lighting.  He has attended all the various levels of short courses that RSP has offered over the years and also completed the Modelling and Texturing elective course as part of the second year of the Media Arts degree.

Jeremy Kelly-Bakker

Student short film Writer and Director

Jeremy got his start at Rising Sun Pictures at 19 as a trainee. In the years since Jeremy has worked at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX, Luma Pictures, and Kojo as a compositor on projects such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Iron Man and Captain America.
Jeremy has remained active with Adelaide film and television productions, working on locally produced shows such as Lucy and Dic, Danger 5, Wastelander Panda and The Pack. He has directed three award winning short films around China in Mandarin and Cantonese and continues to write and direct his own short films and stories under the banner of “We Made a Thing Studios”.

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Level 1, 180 Pulteney Street Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia

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

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

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