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Black Antenna – A TWISTED NSFW SCI-FI HORROR

June 28 2019

A ten-part sci-fi film set to the Alice in Chains’ Grammy Award winning album Rainier Fog, sounds pretty great to us. Titled ‘Black Antenna’ and directed by US film director Adam Mason, the film follows two aliens as they struggle to survive, elude capture and communicate with their mothership. It’s dark, sometimes bizarre, and for a film about aliens it’s a surprisingly human story – exploring very relevant concepts about immigration, homelessness and xenophobia. Cutting Edge joined the project from episode six, collaborating on design and VFX sequences. We caught up with Adam to talk about the film ahead of the release of the finale.

Ladbrokes Sports Reporting Benefits From Virtual Sets

June 26 2019

In a recent collaboration with Ladbrokes, Cutting Edge created multiple virtual sets, lifting production value across sports reports in a bid to give punters an even greater experience. Utilising leading technology to create broadcast-quality content, virtual sets are another way that Ladbrokes stays ahead of the competition.

AR Experiences to Peak Your ‘Curiocity’

April 1 2019

Curiocity Brisbane, is a series of public immersive, interactive and multi-sensory experiences installed across Brisbane city. For 20 days one-of-a-kind installations, pop-ups and interactive spaces crafted by local and international artists, and technicians will be on display. Each installment celebrates art and science, with visitors of all ages playing among a gallery of interactive creations, augmented reality (AR) spaces and music pop-ups. Inaugural Guest Director of Curiocity Brisbane and Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart said Curiocity Brisbane brings an undeniable ‘wow’ factor to Brisbane’s parks, terraces and riverbanks. “From a pedal-powered aerial screw and giant musical waveform, to giant astronauts scaling buildings and a moving sculpture with 2500 reflective fish, there’s a Curiocity to challenge and spark everyone’s imagination,” said Kris. One of the festival’s central contributors, Tori-Jay Mordey, is a local contemporary artist based in Brisbane. She worked alongside artists at post-production studio, Cutting Edge to offer up…

Pimped

April 1 2019

David Barker’s directorial debut explores what might happen if two predatory men were to lure a woman into a sexual trap, who proved to be stronger, smarter and more cunning than them. A modern transgressive thriller, Pimped is a film which follows Sarah Montrose, a woman who isn’t well-equipped to live within society’s accepted lines of behaviour, struggling with her own identity, desires, and loves. When all this is threatened by a monster, Sarah calls on all her strength and cunning to do battle with a psychopath, and her own inner demon. After contributing contributing to picture, sound and deliverables, we had the pleasure of attending the Sydney Premiere of ‘Pimped’. We are so proud of being associated with an indie feature that punches so far above its weight! Pimped is playing in selected cinemas nationally.

The Double-Blind Experiments

March 27 2019

Those mad scientists continue to explore the otherworldly. This week we got the above sneak peek at experiment no.2. The first experiment was undertaken by a collective of VFX artists with diverse creative backgrounds, including visual effects, traditional 2D animation, photography and graphic design. Together they ventured into the unknown in order to create something unique. The team of Zenon Kohler, Jasper St Aubyn West, Ian Anderson, Ricky Marks and Raoul Teague were challenged to each work independently to contribute a short sequence. The end result was an eclectic mix of styles and approaches, brought together through clever editing and sound design. The first iteration has blown minds around the world and was featured at over 50 festivals globally, winning over 20 awards. The experiments are set to return with a new mix of creative adventurers.  In case you missed the first experiment check it out below. Stay tuned as…

The Spierig Brothers Gain An Edge

November 5 2018

Having completed Winchester with Cutting Edge, Filmmakers Peter and Michael Spierig share their experiences. The Spierig Brothers and Cutting Edge have been collaborating on feature films since Peter and Michael directed their debut, ‘Undead’ back in 2003. They continued to bring their post production to Cutting Edge with ‘Daybreakers’ (2010), and ‘Predestination’ (2014), both starring Ethan Hawke, and most recently Winchester (2018) with Helen Mirren. It’s a 15 year-long partnership resulting in an impressive body of work. As Michael Spierig explained, “Cutting Edge have always supported us from day one. Filmmaking is a collaboration, and post production is the last rewrite you get to do on your project. When you get to share that rewrite with people you trust and believe in, it only elevates the material.” We chatted the Michael Spierig about their take on post production and what it’s like to work with Cutting Edge.

Cutting Edge’s VFX Team Reboots Classic Slasher Halloween

October 26 2018

CUTTING EDGE was the sole VFX supplier on Halloween (2018), their third feature film project for US Studios, Blumhouse & Universal, to a record breaking first weekend of $80M US. While Halloween (2018) marks the eleventh in the franchise, it is a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original 1978 classic, and sees Jamie Lee Curtis return as Laurie Strode.

Cutting Edge welcomes today’s rebate announcement by the Queensland…

October 18 2018

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced a state based Post Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) cash rebate of 10%, replacing the previous grant. When combined with the Federal Government PDV Offset of 30%, a total rebate of 40% is available, and the lower Aussie dollar (currently $1.00 USD buys $1.38 AUD), it is beneficial for Post and VFX to done in Queensland (regardless of where the project is shot). The new rebate is for qualifying productions working in Queensland with Cutting Edge or other Queensland PDV providers: Eligible formats include: feature films, telemovies, miniseries, and television series (including documentary, reality, animation and live action). Minimum spend in Queensland $500,000 AUD No cap Cash rebate paid to the production company Can be combined with federal government incentives (Location Offset and Producer Offset) No cultural or content tests Cutting Edge is Queensland’s largest post production and VFX studio with facilities in Brisbane…

Director Cameron March
 talks ‘And The Winner Is…’

October 17 2018

And The Winner Is… is a compelling and tense short film from Director Cameron March, which recently premiered in LA at the Chinese Theatre as part of Screamfest. Set in a near future, the film follows a disgraced sports star named Stanley who seeks redemption. His forgiveness must be earned and what begins as a seemingly light-hearted game descends into a living nightmare. Stanley’s pushed beyond his limits and it will be society that decides if he will be granted immunity from his past transgressions. The film’s post production was completed at Cutting Edge, and we sat with Cameron to discuss his film and the production process.