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Global Edge: The Rise of VFX in Australia

November 8 2017

Australian VFX companies have burst their way into Hollywood, building a reputation for impressive creativity and quality. In an industry once dominated by studios in California and Canada, emerging players from Australia are finding increasing success on some of the biggest films of recent years. Features & Television Business Development Manager, Elle Croxford, provides insight inside the recent rise of visual effects within Australia. “Australians certainly aren’t new to VFX or post. As Cutting Edge celebrates 25 years in business, we have been delivering for US productions for over 20 of those years,” Elle explains. “Since then we’ve seen lots of change – the technology advancements have been huge. There’s a larger dependency on VFX; budgetary spends have gotten bigger, yet more constrained and ever-thirsty for rebates; risk management and content security have become more important; and now, with the juggernaut of the television resurgence, Cutting Edge has dedicated ourselves…

25 Years of Cutting Edge Post Production

October 21 2017

Cutting Edge’s Brisbane studio transformed into a burlesque themed club for the evening. A 25th birthday is a significant milestone and we chose to share it with a couple hundred of our closest friends. Guest were treated to burlesque performances, live music and plenty of cocktails. Reflecting on the achievements of the last quarter century, Owner Ray Smith said, “this all began with just 3 people, and today we have more than 200 employees. That’s pretty impressive.” “It’s our clients that got us here. We are thankful for their ongoing support and we’re looking forward to another 25 years creating world-class creative content together.”

Setting the atmosphere: Top of the Lake China Girl

October 6 2017

Top of Lake: China Girl is the second instalment in the mystery drama series created and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. The six-part series sees Nicole Kidman join a cast led by Elisabeth Moss, who returns as detective Robin Griffin. Set four years after the original series, China Girl sees Griffin back in her hometown, Sydney, where she has been tasked with investigating the death of an unidentified Asian girl whose body is discovered in a suitcase. The British-Australian co-production premiered at the Cannes Film Festival – the second television show to ever premiere at the festival – where it received a standing ovation, and has since gone on to break viewing records on BBC First. Both series of Top of the Lake mark success for Australian international co-productions. The show was the first television program produced by Australian/UK production company See-Saw Films, who teamed with BBC Two…

Cutting Edge Creates VR Documentary Experience for SBS VR

October 2 2017

SBS VR recently partnered with Cutting Edge to launch ‘Inside Manus’, a virtual reality documentary experience, exploring the imprisonment of asylum seekers in the offshore detention centre, Manus Island.   With the concept of such detention centers foreign to most Australians, the people on Manus Island are cloaked behind a media blackout. SBS has harnessed the immersive power of VR, in a world-first documentary for virtual reality filmmakers. Guiding the audience behind the razor-wire fences, ‘Inside Manis’ shares the story of three current detainees who are being denied their freedom, their rights, and even their identity. To tell their stories, ‘Inside Manus’ share detainees experiences from their own words and their own voices. Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a 25-year-old Sudanese man who fled the conflict in Darfur, Imran Mohammad, a 23-year-old Rohingya who escaped ethnic violence in Myanmar (Burma), and Amir Taghinia, a 24-year-old who fled religious persecution in Iran, give Australians…

Behind the Project: Underworld 5 Blood Wars

August 1 2017

UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. After completing 180 shots for the fifth installment, we sat down with VFX supervisor, Rangi Sutton, as he divulged the inspiration behind the action-packed blockbuster, and how the VFX team brought this film to life, to ensure die-hard fans had plenty to marvel at.

Cutting Edge Wins National Export Award

November 23 2016

Last night marked the 54th Australian Export Awards, a national program that recognises Australian businesses for their export achievements and contribution to Australia’s economic prosperity. One of the nation’s biggest and most creative post production studios, Cutting Edge, collected their second national award for their contribution to exports for Australian creative industries.