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Top visual effects company to help nurture talent in Kaohsiung

Top visual effects company to help nurture talent in Kaohsiung

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Rhythm & Hues Studios Inc. (R&H), one of the world's top five visual effects companies, said Saturday it plans to establish a studio in southern Taiwan and a learning center to help nurture local talent. The visual production base and cultural and creative learning center will be located in Kaohsiung's Pier-2 art zone, said R&H founder John Hughes when he toured the No. 7 warehouse, where the R&H complex will be established. The U.S. company, which produced the Oscar-winning movies "Golden Compass" and "Babe," plans to train 300 professionals, 600 students and 120 lecturers for the production studio while creating a learning space featuring digital content. Hughes, who said Kaohsiung's infrastructure and culture were well-suited to his company's project, thanked Taiwanese director Ang Lee for introducing Taiwan to him. The award-winning director became acquainted with R&H while shooting his latest 3D movie "Life of Pi," which Lee described as a mission impossible had it not been for R&H's advanced technology. In addition, Los Angeles-based R&H is also planning to establish a cloud computing data center in Taipei and a film fund. The company expects to invest a total of NT$6 billion (US$198 million) in the three projects. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said a growing number of films were being shot in her city and she hoped it could also become a center for the visual effects sector. The R&H project, she said, will become an important part of Kaohsiung's film industry and will create more job opportunities in the city. R&H, which has produced more than 130 Hollywood films, has overseas studios in Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Vancouver. (By Chen Wei-ting and Kendra Lin)


Updated : 2021-05-16 05:58 GMT+08:00