Rhythm and Hues

"Life of Pi" Director Ang Lee to Inaugurate Construction of Rhythm & Hues' New VFX Center in Kaohsiung City

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN, Nov. 9th, 2012 – Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee triumphantly returns to his homeland this week to host three Taiwanese premieres of his critically acclaimed film “Life of Pi,” before its release to the public November 21st by Fox Taiwan.

This Friday, November 9th, Lee is scheduled to hold a press conference to celebrate the beginning of construction of the VFX Center in Kaohsiung City, a new state-of-the-art digital production facility to be built by Rhythm & Hues Studios (“R&H”). The global visual effects and animation company helped to make Lee’s “Life of Pi” dream a reality.

The Mayor of Kaohsiung along with other senior government officials, lead actor Suraj Sharma, co-producer David Lee, Fox Taiwan representatives, and senior management of Rhythm & Hues are scheduled to participate in the event. Later in the day, Lee will screen the film in a local movie theatre for an audience of approximately one thousand, including students from local universities and the community.

According to Prashant Buyyala, managing director of international facilities for Rhythm & Hues, “R&H came to Taiwan because of ‘Life of Pi’ and Ang Lee’s vision. Ang’s intention for the Kaohsiung event is for it to be a way to give back to the Taiwanese community. R&H will train new talent and provide opportunities for the next generation of Taiwanese artists to work on major Hollywood films without having to leave home.”

Earlier this year, Rhythm & Hues announced its intention to build the VFX Center, which will eventually provide jobs for two hundred digital artists, trained by R&H experts, who will work directly on Hollywood movies. The VFX Center will join its five sister facilities in India, Malaysia, Canada and the United States. The move will broaden the reach and capacity of what is already one of the largest production pipelines of its kind in the world, operating twenty-four hours a day.

The VFX Center is one part of Rhythm & Hues’ three-phase approach to investment in Taiwan. The others include the CAVE, (Cloud for Animation and Visual Effects) in Taipei, and East Grand Films, (see below).

ABOUT RHYTHM & HUES STUDIOS

Rhythm & Hues Studios is a global production powerhouse for the creation of visual effects and animation for Hollywood movies. Among its 145 screen credits are “The Golden Compass” and “Babe,” Academy Award winners for Achievement in Visual Effects, (in 2008 and 1995 respectively). R&H is also the recipient of four Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). With headquarters in El Segundo, California, and additional facilities in Mumbai & Hyderabad - India, Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, Vancouver - Canada and Kaohsiung - Taiwan, R&H Films offers filmmakers a dynamic creative resource with a vast array of technology and talent. Projects currently in production at R&H include: “Django Unchained,” “R.I.P.D,” “The Seventh Son,” “Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Winters Tale,” “Grown Ups 2” and “Black Sky.” In addition to its service business, R&H has established East Grand Films, a film investment fund to co-finance and co-produce major Hollywood properties for the global market. Rhythm & Hues celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. For more info: www.rhythm.com

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