Australia has a reputation for excellence in the development of computer games but we seldom hear about it until one of our great little developers is bought by a multinational.
Likewise, Australia ranks highly on the world stage in computer animation and visual effects for film, television and digital media. Despite our abundance of talent, demand outstrips supply.
Peter Giles, head of digital media at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, in Sydney, says much of the incredibly sophisticated computer-generated graphic imagery we see in big budget Hollywood productions is done in Australia. Big local productions such as Moulin Rouge and Lord of the Rings backed by Hollywood money and small productions such as TV commercials soak up the talent.
According to Mr Giles, in addition to the film school, which plans to increase its enrolments, many tertiary institutions offer world-class animation courses. Mr Giles singles out RMIT in Melbourne as the best course in Australia but says the University of Technology Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith are "pretty strong".
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