Rip Tide Turning Tide For Canberra’s SilverSun Pictures



It’s the biggest value feature film they’ve worked on and is turning the tide for Canberra company SilverSun Pictures.

SilverSun Pictures was selected by The Steve Jaggi Company to be part of the team producing Rip Tide, a $3 million plus film making it big in Australia and internationally with a mega 100+ screen release. The Canberra premiere will be shown to 300 guests at the National Film and Sound Archives on 5 September and begins screening in Canberra at Capitol Manuka from September 14.

‘We handled complete post production services, which is everything that happens after the camera stops rolling until the film hits the screen,’ says Rohan Taylor, SilverSun’s Producer/Director and Re-recording Mixer for Rip Tide, ‘And it was all managed from right here at our purpose-built facilities in Watson.’

SilverSun’s role involved taking all media from cameras and managing edits and quality control while shooting took place so everything came together with the highest quality demanded for cinema. ‘We were on set from the first day of shooting in Kiama, with an editor and assistant, editing while the footage was being filmed given the short turnaround for the film,’ says SilverSun’s Managing Director and Post Production Supervisor for Riptide Andrew Marriott.

This is the seventh feature film SilverSun Pictures has worked on, and the largest yet. Canadian born and Australian educated Steve Jaggi says SilverSun’s work is on par with the standards of the best post production houses in Sydney and Melbourne.

Rip Tide, directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg, is a film featuring Cora (played by American actress Debby Ryan) who ends up living it up down under. Cora’s story begins after a humiliating modelling incident. She books a one-way ticket out of New York. Her destination? Australia. Expecting a five-star holiday with her aunt, Cora realises that her beachside retreat is miles from the nearest city. She feels trapped until friendships bloom and romance sparks with handsome Tom, played by Canberra-born Andrew Creer. When the community realises Cora’s hidden talent as a fashion designer, they rope her into creating the outfits for the big Surf Festival. When Cora’s mum calls to say she’s secured a modelling contract, Cora must decide between career or a community she now loves.

One major challenge was the tight time frame, with shooting starting in November 2016 and the film being delivered in May 2017. ‘It’s the shortest turnaround of any major film project we’ve worked on,’ says Greg Evans, SilverSun’s Senior Editor and Colourist.

Another challenge was that The Steve Jaggi Company is based in Sydney. To save travel time and keep the project rolling, SilverSun set up an editing and grading village in Sydney so the crew there could see what was happening in real time in Canberra with post production.

SilverSun services included editing, grading, providing all data and colour management and setting up the edit village. Expert sound design and dialogue editing were major requirements given a lot of footage was filmed out on the water and so shot mute.

Steve Jaggi and SilverSun Pictures had been looking for a project to work together on for some time when Rip Tide came along. Other films SilverSun Pictures has worked on include Locks of Love, Dinner Party, Hobby Farm and Saltbridge. The company does more than just film work. The team has more than 22 years of experience in visual story telling which Rohan says is about impact, about getting messages across and about stimulating changes in thinking and behaviour. The company also produces documentaries, television shows, advertisements, corporate videos and animation for public and private sector clients locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The ACT Government invested production funds into the film, helping to employ dozens of Canberrans in cast and crew positions as part of its commitment to growing the screen sector with support of Screen Canberra.

Rip Tide’s distributor is Umbrella Entertainment