Delighted that our VFX work on Asahi ‘Enter Asahi’ took home second prize at the New York Festivals Advertising Awards – high fives all round for the collab crew – The Monkeys, In The Thicket and director Marco Prestini.
And a special shout out to our VFX Supervisor, Dave Edwards, and the rest of our production and artist crew who all contributed to this amazingly beautiful spot.
Check out that magical (award-winning!) work below!
Alt.vfx celebrated the launch of their new Japanese studio recently with a party that welcomed over 150 industry friends to the new space at Shibuya Bridge, Tokyo.
Talented people from across brands, agency and production joined the party at the new Alt Tokyo studio, which forms part of the newly built CONNECTION / C – a new collaborative space for a broad network of talented filmmakers, artists and producers.
Alt’s Tokyo team is led by Producer Mai Fukuda, with support from Executive Producer and Founder Takeshi Takada, Co-Founder and VFX Supervisor Colin Renshaw, and General Manager Dave Kelly.
Producer Mai Fukuda commented: “It was such a joy to finally welcome all of our friends along to celebrate the launch of our new studio. We’ve already completed some great projects here and I look forward to many more!”
Founder Takeshi Takada added: “We’re delighted to launch our base here at Shibuya Bridge among such wonderful company. The new office represents our commitment to our growing client base in Japan and the rest of Asia, and while always had a very strong connection to the region, it’s great to finally have a home here among this amazing creative community.”
One of the industry’s top colour grading talents, Ben Eagleton has brought his state-of-the-art Baselight system to Alt’s Sydney studio at 120 Darlinghurst Road.
Eagleton is a multiple award-winning colourist who has built an enviable reputation and client following throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Best known for his commercial and music video work, he has also graded several feature films, numerous short films and documentaries.
While still being available to work anywhere for freelance projects, the new installation at Alt means his Baselight has a permanent home, one of the very few Baselights available for the commercial industry in Sydney.
Eagleton commented: “I’m really happy to be able to offer my clients a new location among the awesome team at Alt. Their facility is in a great spot and the service is second to none.”
Alt General Manager, Dave Kelly said: “Whilst we already have an amazing roster of freelance colourists available using our Resolve suite, it’s great to add Ben to that list. Ben’s work speaks for itself, but he’s also good fun and his energy definitely gels with the rest of the crew here.”
CoFounder Takeshi Takada and General Manager Dave Kelly picked up another Lotus award from ADFEST this year for our team’s work on Westpac’s ‘200 – Help When It Matters’ campaign spot from 2018.
The spot – directed by Mark Molloy for EXIT Films and DDB Sydney – features an amazing recreation of the building of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as a number of impressive CG set extensions and digital matte paintings to give it the final piece its epic flavour.
Alt.vfx has today launched its latest creative offering, T&DA – a spinoff entity that combines its R&D and design divisions to focus on end to end creative solutions.
Over the past several years, the Alt group has grown from VFX and post-production to encompass more experimental and creative technologies through the company’s Alt.R&D arm. Across many varied projects and having gained valuable practical experience in these areas in recent years, the company has taken the next step by creating the new standalone brand, bringing in design expertise with the addition of some key hires.
Says Colin Renshaw, CEO, Alt: “We started Alt.R&D to bring a sharper focus to emerging technologies, and we have watched it grow into something much more. We road-tested the technologies, the creative approach, and worked out where these kinds of experiences and skills could bring outcomes for our clients. When Piotr Stopniak joined us last year, we found that his design experience and expertise gave the department a new edge, something that directly led to the formation of T&DA.”
Piotr Stopniak – formerly of acclaimed design studio Toby & Pete – has been named as creative director of design for T&DA. With a body of work that includes stage design for Grammy-nominated artist Flume and large-scale light installations for the likes of Lexus and Semi-Permanent, Stopniak hopes to continue his love of lasers in his new role. Alongside Stopniak, Raymond Leung – formerly of The Mill NY – is now T&DA’s creative director of technology, bringing a vast experience across design and emergent creative technologies to the table.
Through a partnership with Facebook, T&DA has created experiences for the likes of Cadbury, NRMA and Netflix, working with leading agencies such as Ogilvy, The Monkeys and We Are Social. The company has also created a unique interactive museum installation for the Road to Zero exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, one that utilises real-time technologies to offer a valuable learning experience for visitors. Elsewhere, T&DA has also worked directly with brand marketers, collaborating with the team at Falken Tyres to devise, design and produce a standalone AR application that rolled out to over 500 dealerships nationwide.
Says Renshaw: “We are technologists and designers that are here to assist creatives find the right approach and solutions for their everyday problems. We are already working with agencies, brands, record companies and Government departments in Australia and internationally through our offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Being part of the wider Alt group also means that we have a breadth of talent and specialisms available to us, allowing us to tap into the resources of one of the world’s top VFX companies whenever a project requires it.”
Executive producer Tyrone Estephan will continue to work across both Alt.vfx and T&DA projects and is joined by head of business development, Mark Millar.
A record six Australian feature films will screen at the Sundance Film Festival, with Animals, Judy and Punch, Little Monsters, Top End Wedding and I Am Mother having their world premieres in the Utah-based festival, which runs from January 24 – February 3.
Abe Forythe’s Little Monsters features an international cast including Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) and Australia’s Alexander England (Alien: Covenant).
Forsythe said: “A lot of people worked very hard bringing this logistically punishing story to life. I’m so happy that everyone’s work will be premiered at a festival I’ve always dreamed of attending.”
The VFX and post-production on the film was done by Alt.vfx, with our very own Jason Hawkins being overall VFX supervisor for the film.
As the horses took to the track in Melbourne, the runners and riders from Sydney’s advertising community took to the field at Alt’s Darlinghurst studio for the company’s annual Melbourne Cup Barbecue and Garden Party.
Around 200 of the leading creatives and crew from agency, production and post came together for the afternoon and evening, with live entertainment provided by a cavalcade of live musicians, including Sydney’s alt-rockers, Steve, alongside players from Alt, Electric Sheep and Rumble Studios.
The winners and losers of the sweepstakes also enjoyed a BBQ and drinks on a day that lasted into the wee small hours.
Colin Renshaw, CEO and Founder at Alt, said: “We’d like to thank all of the amazing people who came along and helped us have such an awesome time. Thanks also to everyone who got into the spirit of the day, whether playing onstage, entering the sweepstakes, or even donating money to Animals Australia. All of you are champs! See you all again next year!”
Alt enjoyed another spectacular result at the Brisbane Advertising and Design Club Awards this weekend, taking home an incredible seven trophies from last Saturday’s annual awards event.
In the VFX category, the company won Gold for their outstanding creature work on Tile – Lost Panda, and Gold for their extensive work on Westpac – Help When It Matters. They also won Gold in Animation for last year’s standout Christmas spot for David Jones.
Tile – Lost Panda won an additional Silver for Animation, while Toyota – Drive Happy also took home a gong for Animation (Bronze).
Alt’s R+D team also won two Bronze trophies, one for Digital Innovation for their Falken Tyres Augmented Reality app, and one for their work on the Volkswagen 360 VR project that was a companion piece to last year’s launch TVC for the new VW Golf.
Colin Renshaw, CEO and Founder at Alt, said: “I’m proud that in this ever changing landscape a dedication to quality and craftsmanship will always reaps rewards, and well…awards. These trophies are all thanks to the amazing team we have built at Alt, and their collective drive to keep doing great work. Hats off to all of the team here in Brisbane and across the world!”
Brisbane’s Alt.vfx – one of Asia Pacific’s most highly awarded visual effects and post production studios – has today welcomed the State Government’s announcement of the tax incentives for the Queensland VFX industry.
The company – which has just completed Abe Forsyth’s forthcoming film, Little Monsters – has its headquarters in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Alt is one of the leading firms in Queensland’s post-production sector, which will get a major boost with the announcement of a new post, digital and visual effects (PDV) incentive to attract high-end post production work.
The new grant – announced today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk – is available to eligible productions that spend a minimum of $500,000 on Queensland PDV and offers a 10 per cent, uncapped rebate that can also be used in conjunction with Federal Government incentives.
The enhanced PDV grant could be a game changer for the local post-production sector.
Colin Renshaw, CEO and Founder, said: “We are committed to growing our company and workforce here in Queensland, and welcome this additional incentive for international film and television productions to bring their work here. Australian artists compete with the very best in the world, and in today’s competitive market, State and National Government help is essential so that we can compete with the likes of Canada and the United Kingdom.”
Takeshi Takada, Executive Producer and Founder, commented: “Since starting Alt in 2011, we have grown significantly on an international scale, but at the same time retained our heart and headquarters here in Brisbane. We have managed to attract some of the best artists from across the world, and look forward to taking advantage of these new incentives to help us grow further and keep making the very best work with the best people.”