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Flinders offers Training Ground for Hollywood Hopefuls

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Flinders University Screen Studies lecturer Mike Walsh with Rising Sun Pictures director Wayne Lewis and Flinders Digital Media lecturer Theodore Wyeld. Picture: Matt Turner

ADELAIDE is set to become a Hollywood training ground through a new business partnership aimed at bolstering local talent.

Starting in August, Flinders University will offer an intensive course in digital special effects in affiliation with Adelaide-based Rising Sun Pictures, which has done computer-generated sequences for films in the Harry Potter series, Green Lantern, Terminator Salvation, The Hunger Games and Prometheus.

Rising Sun Pictures director Wayne Lewis said the incentive was to boost the number of home-grown trainees instead of recruiting people from interstate or overseas.

“We’re trying to create that local talent pool, but there is a gap between what they know and what makes them employable,” he said.

“Our job is to lessen that gap and be able to bring them in on traineeships.

“People who come in as trainees tend to be enthusiastic. You can teach them in the ways you work.”

Mr Lewis said most of RSP’s long-term employees had been “home-grown” or started on traineeships. Mr Lewis and executive dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Professor Richard Maltby, have signed a deal on a 10-week intensive training program that will be available as part of a graduate diploma.

For those without a tertiary qualification, it can be taken as a series of industry certificates. The course will provide insight into all aspects of working in a visual-effects company. Students will be given the opportunity to train in a production environment and interact with industry professionals.

Screen and Media Studies lecturer Dr Mike Walsh said the course would increase the university’s commitment to practical involvement with the local film industry.

“We’ve always regarded it as extremely important to get students engaged with the local industry, so this is a real priority for us,” he said. “Students have to … understand the local industry and get involved with it, and get people to know who they are.”

The course will be taught at Flinders University by RSP’s professionals.

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