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‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ comes to RSP on Cinenet

The high-speed cine.net broadband network played a crucial role in Australian digital effects specialist Rising Sun Pictures winning visual effects sequences in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In a substantial award, Rising Sun Pictures will develop computer-generated special effects for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The company has recently completed work on blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, The Last Samurai and Paycheck.

Rising Sun Pictures director Tony Clark said Cinenet had played a critical role in winning the contract. “When you come from Australia, so far from Hollywood, you need to provide a better service than is available in the US,” he said.

“The speed of Cinenet, combined with Rising Sun Pictures’ sister company Rising Sun Research’s client review software cineSync, allows our work to be reviewed in Los Angeles and London faster than work from suppliers based in those cities.”

Based on the national Tier-1 private data network built by Agile Communications, cine.net is a dedicated super-fast broadband network designed to meet the needs of film companies. The network transfers data at speeds at up to one gigabit (Gb) per second, enabling companies to send gigabytes of film images to studios in Hollywood or elsewhere in a matter of seconds.

Set up with $500,000 in funding from the Government of South Australia to cover capital costs, cine.net was designed to assist screen media companies to serve national and international clients. Inaugural customers include Rising Sun Pictures, Kojo Group, the Adelaide Motion Picture Company and the SA Film Corporation.

cine.net, which is operated by Cinenet Systems, offers a range of connection options, at 2Mb per second (Mbps), 10Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps. It also provides low-cost data exchange between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Agile Communications CEO Simon Hackett said the film industry had a business need for speed that could take full advantage of the capacity offered by Agile’s national broadband network. “cine.net is way beyond residential technologies like ADSL and is now in the hands of the industry best able to use it to its full potential,” he said.

Founded in 1995, Rising Sun Pictures employs about 40 people at offices in Sydney and Adelaide. The company recently completed $3 million of visual effects on the soon-to-be-released Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Internet age telco Agile Communications, the wholesale partner to national broadband innovator Internode, was the first SA-based company to gain a national telecommunications licence, granted in May 1998. Using Internet Protocol-based technology the carrier achieves price-performance points unavailable through traditional carrier networks.

About Cinenet Systems

Cinenet Systems is a joint venture between Rising Sun Pictures and Agile Communications. The not-for-profit organisation is committed to reinvesting surplus cash flow into providing better services and lower subscription costs, ultimately benefiting Adelaide’s growing digital economy.