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South Golden Beach teen Raph Atkins might be too young to drive, but he’ll soon be walking the red carpet as one of Australia’s youngest visual effects artists to work on Sony Pictures’ soon-to-be-released 3D live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy, Peter Rabbit.

Raph put aside his school books early in 2017 when Cumulus VFX director Will Gammon offered him a full-time traineeship. He hasn’t looked back. Located at Byron Bay’s Habitat, Cumulus is a creative studio boasting some of Australia’s leading visual effects artists.

Raph says, ‘I’m working with incredibly experienced artists at Cumulus, some who are three times my age. And while the deadlines put us under the pump, it sure beats school! I knew relatively nothing about VFX when I started here, but in the last 12 months I’ve worked on a number of great films, including Peter Rabbit, and I’m constantly being challenged to come up with creative solutions.’

Mr Gammon, whose own film credits include Lord of the Rings – Return of the King, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, is now expanding the Cumulus team with a new intake of full-time trainees.

He says, ‘We have almost 20 staff, including 15 visual effects artists in the studio, and I’m on the lookout for the region’s brightest creative thinkers to grow our team.


‘Applications for traineeships with Cumulus open on January 15 for a February start. We’re looking for individuals interested in working in the exciting field of visual effects for feature film, virtual reality and to fill technical roles as systems administrators and coding geniuses. Please email a 60-second video demonstrating your passion for this amazing opportunity to [email protected]

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