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Rising Sun Pictures Wins AACTA Visual Effects Award for work on ‘Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny’

Studio receives Australia’s highest honour for cinematic achievement for RSP’s visually stunning work.

Adelaide, South Australia—8 December 2024 — Rising Sun Pictures’ (RSP) VFX Supervisor Julian Hutchens and RSP’s Executive VFX Producer Ian Cope, Andrew Whitehurst, Kathy Siegel and Alistair Williams, tonight won the 2024 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation for its work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

This is Julian's third AACTA award, he was the recipient of this award in 2020 for The Eight Hundred and in 2022 for Elvis. Julian was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on the Boys.

Julian Hutchens and Ian Cope accepted the award at the AACTA gala event held on the Gold Coast, Australia.

“It is truly an honour that the AACTA membership has chosen to recognise the outstanding work of our team for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Congratulations to our entire team for this is well-deserved recognition," says RSP’s VFX Supervisor Julian Hutchens.

RSP President Jennie Zeiher expressed, "our very talented team of artists, production, technical specialists, and support staff all played a significant role in contributing to this project, resulting in the incredible outcome we've achieved. It's a great privilege to see their creativity and efforts recognised by their peers in the Australian film community. We extend our gratitude to Lucasfilm, Director James Mangold, VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst, and VFX Producer Kathy Siegel for entrusting RSP with their extraordinary vision”.

Rising Sun Pictures delivered more than 300 visual effects shots for the film. For an iconic chase scene featuring Indiana Jones riding a horse through the Apollo 11 tickertape parade and down into the subway system, RSP digitally recreated mid-town Manhattan as it was in 1969 with thousands of cheering spectators and tickertape raining down from windows and rooftops. The studio also created CG Replica trains and horses and recreated the historic Pan American terminal at JFK Airport.

“As a company we take pride in the work we do. Our work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a testament to the talent of the Rising Sun Pictures team, and their ability to deliver an exceptional experience for clients and moviegoers worldwide," says Ian Cope.

Rising Sun Pictures was also nominated for an AACTA Award for RSP’s work on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, from Marvel Studios and directed by Peyton Reed. The team, led by VFX Supervisor Jamie Macdougall and VFX Producer Rachel Copp, produced more than 270 visual effects shots for the film, including augmenting—and later destroying—the Celestium, a massive, time and space traveling fortress belonging to the film’s supervillain, Kang the Conqueror. RSP was also tasked with visualising “The Mandala,” a luminous, three-dimensional map that allows Kang to observe different layers of the multiverse, and with crafting an interdimensional portal that acts as a gateway between points in space-time.

Discover more about RSP’s contribution to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny