Asher Secures Victoria’s Biggest Ever Visual Effects Package

Asher Secures Victoria’s Biggest Ever Visual Effects Package

Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

Melbourne Secures Record Visual Effects Package For Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Victor P Taffa

Melbourne has secured the State’s biggest ever visual effects package for the feature film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher announced today.

Ms. Asher said Columbia Pictures’ Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was attracted to the state by the Victorian Government through Film Victoria’s Post Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) incentive, part of the successful Production Investment Attraction Fund (PIAF).

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance chose Victoria for the opportunity to work with Melbourne’s award-winning post visual effects companies.” Ms. Asher said.

“The filmmakers’ decision to complete some of the visual effects here in Melbourne once again demonstrates that Victoria is a world-leading production, post-production and visual effects destination, and an important innovation hub.”

“The Production will work with award-winning Melbourne VFX and animation studio Iloura, which will employ up to 50 additional people to work on the Project.” Ms. Asher said.

In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage returns as the devil’s bounty hunter Johnny Blaze. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor will direct, from a screenplay by Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, and a story by David S. Goyer, based on the Marvel Comic. Steven Paul, Ashok Amritraj, Michael De Luca, Avi Arad and Ari Arad are the producers.

The Executive Producers are E. Bennett Walsh, David S. Goyer, Stan Lee, Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Edward Borgerding, and Mark Steven Johnson. The film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures and Hyde Park Entertainment.

Film Victoria CEO Sandra Sdraulig said Melbourne’s ability to secure this job was due to the talent and skill of Victoria’s screen practitioners, as well as a new level of capacity in the post, digital and visual effects sector.

“This kind of production needs the hi-tech visual effects facilities and award-winning talent we have on offer in Victoria.” Ms. Sdraulig said.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is another great example of a project bringing its post and visual effects to Melbourne. Our creative practitioners, technical innovation, competitive incentives and competitively priced companies keep international studios returning to Melbourne.”

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is one of many big-budget productions to choose Melbourne’s dynamic post-production and visual effects facilities, joining productions such as Sanctum (James Cameron), Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (Guillermo del Toro), Nightmares and Dreamscapes (Steven King) and The Pacific.

VFX work is scheduled for February to August 2011.