In exciting news for Adelaide visual effects company Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Crosbie is part of the team nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for the film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Crosbie supervised the team of RSP artists involved in creating the film’s exuberant “Kitchen” scene where time appears to stand still as the speedy Quicksilver darts about the Pentagon cafeteria to foil guards attacking a group of mutants. Also named in the nomination are Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora and Cameron Waldbauer. The 87th Academy Awards will be held on 22 February 2015.
RSP’s talent has garnered a number of awards nominations for their X-Men work. Crosbie is also named in a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects. RSP artists are named in two VES Award nominations, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal/Live Action Motion Media Project (Dennis Jones), and Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Adam Paschke, Premamurti Paetsch, Sam Hancock and Timmy Lundin). X-Men: Days of Future Past is also nominated for one of the VES Awards’ most coveted honours, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is among the nominees for Best Visual Effects or Animation from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), with Tim Crosbie and Adam Paschke named in the nomination. Additionally, Paschke and RSP’s Marc Varisco are among those nominated in the same category for The Water Diviner, the film that marked the directorial debut of Russell Crowe. This year marks the first time that the AACTA has presented an award for visual effects and animation in this format. The AACTA Awards will be held in Sydney on February 29, 2015.
“All of us at RSP are extremely proud of our work on X-Men: Days of Future Past and to have it recognized by our peers is very gratifying,” said RSP Executive Producer Tony Clark. “We are very grateful to Director Bryan Singer, Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Stammers and 20th Century Fox for giving us the opportunity to work on such a fun, exciting and challenging project.”
The X-Men Kitchen scene involved an intricate blend of live action, computer-generated objects and visual effects. RSP collaborated with VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers and Director Bryan Singer to bring the scene to life through the production of scores of CG props, including frying pans, knives, pots of boiling soup, carrots and bullets, as well as the omnipresent cascades of water droplets. Each of these elements needed to be rendered in near microscopic detail, placed precisely within the geometry of the kitchen and choreographed to move and react realistically to lighting, other objects and characters.
RSP also aided in integrating the speedy Quicksilver into the near frozen environment. That illusion was accomplished through a combination of live action, a stunt double, green screen photography, a partial CG body replacement and a shimmering “rain tunnel” that forms around Quicksilver (caused by his swift passage through the near motionless falling water). Singer called RSP’s contribution “Truly! Amazing! Work!” “It’s not easy to be ground-breaking and funny,” Singer said. “The work turned out incredible.”
RSP also contributed to last year’s winner of the Oscar for visual effects, Gravity. The studio worked on a sequence late in the film when the mammoth Tiangong space station reenters Earth’s atmosphere and plunges toward the ground.