Rising Sun Pictures’ Builds Massive Ta Lo Environment and Expands its Artificial Intelligence capability for Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings”
Rising Sun Pictures delivered nearly 300 visual effects shots for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel film to feature an Asian superhero and the studio’s first film to premiere exclusively in theatres in more than two years. The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
RSP’s work centered on the creation of a vast, CG environment representing a village called Ta Lo and its jungle environs. The digital jungle serves as the backdrop for much of the latter part of the film and is the site of some of its most electrifying action. “We were thrilled that Marvel Studios trusted us with the development of one of the film’s key assets,” says RSP Managing Director Tony Clark. “The enormity of the set posed a huge challenge for our team, and they responded with their best work.” RSP worked under the direction of production VFX Supervisor Christopher Townsend and VFX Producer Damien Carr.
RSP’s previous work for Marvel includes Captain Marvel and Black Widow. “Trust has been built between our team and Marvel,” notes Clark. “We share common ground and work in the same direction. We knew what VFX Supervisor Chris Townsend was looking for and he knew what to expect from Rising Sun Pictures. Our goal, as always, was to deliver visuals that look fantastic.”
Head of Production Meredith Meyers-Nichols notes that the studio hit its quality and delivery targets despite added pressures from the ongoing pandemic and the occasional workflow disruptions it caused. “Malte, Jeanne and their team pulled together and rose to the challenge, technically and creatively,” she says. “We are very proud of the way they remained focused and produced outstanding visual effects.”