Press Releases

5 March 2014 – The Day Hollywood Died official DVD release Launch Party!
Rising Pictures launch party for The Day Hollywood Died DVD release took place at the White Horse Hotel in Surry Hills.

7 February 2014 – The Day Hollywood Died gets it long awaited DVD release!
Rising Pictures announces The Day Hollywood Died will finally get its DVD release which will be on the 5th March 2014. A special event will be held at the White Horse Hotel in Surry Hills to launch the DVD and to thank everyone who shared their talent and skill towards the production.

7 March 2012 – (Sydney, AU) Bill Leim­­­­­­­bach to be a judge for PREMIERE Short Film Competition
Rising Pictures is pleased to announce that Producer Bill Leimbach will be on the judging panel for their PREMIERE Short Film Competition 2012, joining a team of select industry professionals. Recognised for his myriad of works most recently Beneath Hill 60, Mr Leimbach’s industry experience of many years will be used to judge the Best Runner Up Film for the competition.

With a mission statement like, ‘entertain with insight and originality’, Mr Leimbach and the rest of the panel can expect to see an array of inspired and boundless original works by aspiring filmmakers. Rising Pictures initiated this competition in order to give striving filmmakers a chance to showcase their talent and better position themselves in the industry, an invaluable opportunity.

“We have a lot of unacknowledged Aussie talent out there and the aim of The Premiere Short Film Competition is to recognize that and aid in progressing young filmmakers careers.”  said Managing Director of Rising Pictures, Sam Kanj.

Winning films will be screened at the World Premiere of Rising Pictures’ film, The Day Hollywood Died, by an audience of both the general public and industry peers to view their work and the opportunity to meet and network with those in the industry. The three winning entries will also be awarded with monetary prizes, Red Carpet Premiere Tickets to The Day Hollywood Died Premiere, complimentary tickets to the exclusive After Party and Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of their film, allowing them to screen the film in theatres around the world. The competition closes at 11.59pm on 21 April 2012 and tickets are available for the Premiere of the Day Hollywood Died at (insert website here)

21 February 2012 – (Sydney, AU)
Rising Pictures today released the second in a series of Featurettes following various parts of production of the feature film The Day Hollywood Died. The latest featurettes explores the development of the unique key art of the film. This 16 part series reveals the secrets behind the magic of the film. Directed by Ronnie S. Riskalla and written by K. G. Donovan, the film follows a man’s quest to reclaim his identity and discover what role he may have had in a heist gone wrong.

20 February 2012 – (Sydney, AU)
Rising Pictures today announced that the exciting micro budget feature THE DAY HOLLYWOOD DIED has gained Official Selection for the European Independent Film Festival. The film will compete against 100 films from over 30 countries from April 29 to May 1 2012.

The event to be held in Paris, France will mark the European Premiere of the film before it goes on to screen around the world. The directorial debut of Ronnie S. Riskalla follows a survivor of a heist gone wrong who is forced to relive memories in an effort to remember who he or she is.

It was recently revealed that the film was originally shot for only $5,000 in Sydney, Australia. It contains stunning visual effects and a booming, orchestral score. The film, penned by K.G. Donovan, was picked up by Rising Pictures and is due for release later this year.

20 February 2012 – (Sydney, AU)
Rising Pictures today announced that the exciting micro budget feature THE DAY HOLLYWOOD DIED will hold it’s World Premiere in Sydney on 4 May 2012.
The event will mark the first time general audiences have the opportunity to see the film after it previews at the European Independent Film Festival 2012 as part of the Official Selection.

The Red Carpet Premiere will take place at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Sydney at 7.30pm. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available to the public for $22.50. The event will feature select VIPs, celebrities and invited guests. The screening will be followed by an Exclusive After-party.

Tickets can be purchased at risingpictures.ticketleap.com. Attendees will be treated to an event featuring exclusive offers from partners and sponsors as well as the opportunity to meet the team behind the film. The directorial debut of Ronnie S. Riskalla treats audiences to a story by K.G. Donovan that follows a survivor of a heist gone wrong who is forced to relive memories in an effort to remember who he or she is. The film was originally shot for only $5,000. It features a cast of characters from around the world and the director set out to shoot the film without a message, purely to entertain audiences worldwide.

15th May, 2011 – Banner Launch
Rising Pictures has today launched a series of billboard and tower banners that will populate cinemas when the film is released theatrically.

22 November, 2010 – Facebook Fans
Rising Pictures today announced that it now has over 10,000 excited fans anticipating the launch of the feature The Day Hollywood Died.

11 October, 2010 – SWAT Unit Completes Shooting
Rising Pictures today announced that the second unit has completed additional photography for The Day Hollywood Died. The additional pick-ups were inspired by exciting editor F.G. Porro’s vision to introduce plenty more action into the feature.

17 August, 2010 – Animated Title Sequence
Rising Pictures today confirmed rumours that The Day Hollywood Died would feature a fully-animated title sequence, featuring hand-drawn sketches by local artist Youssef Zreika. The sequence will be brought to life by Dutch Editor and Motion Graphics Artist F.G. Porro.

8 July, 2010 – ADR & Sound Design for Hollywood
Rising Pictures confirmed today that ADR and Sound Design on The Day Hollywood Died was nearing completion and had brought together dozens of talented Foley artists, sound designers and composers to create the chilling atmosphere for the feature.

25 May, 2010 – Thesps Back for ADR
Rising Pictures confirmed today that after a significant break after principal photography the main cast rejoined the post-production team for Additional Dialogue Recording in a local studio. The ADR will ensure the film delivers crisp Hollywood-level sound when it hits cinemas.

1 April, 2010 – Acting Vet Joins Hollywood
Rising Pictures today announced that local film industry mainstay, Robin Queree, has been signed to provide the dark, unreliable narration for the feature The Day Hollywood Died.

30 March, 2010 – TDHD Score Completed
Rising Pictures announced today that the exciting score for Ronnie S. Riskalla and K.G. Donovan’s feature The Day Hollywood Died has been completed by Henrique Dib. The score will be launched as an Official Motion Picture Soundtrack closer to the film’s release.

8 February, 2010 – Cutting Room Inspiration for Hollywood
Rising Pictures is proud to announce that Japanese/Peruvian Editor Daniel Yamashiro today completed the principal cut of the feature The Day Hollywood Died. Preview screenings will take place over the subsequent months to better refine the feature for a global audience.

7 January, 2010 – VFX Talent Attached to Hollywood
Rising Pictures has engaged talented visual effects artist Jongsu Oh to create groundbreaking visual effects for the feature The Day Hollywood Died. Oh has previously worked on Happy Feet and Knowing.

15 December, 2009 – Film Composer Scores Hollywood
Rising Pictures announced today that it has engaged talented film composer Henrique Dib to compose the score for The Day Hollywood Died. Dib will bring the film to life with an emphatic, Hollywood-esque score in the style of mainstays Hans Zimmer and James Newton-Howard.

9 November, 2009 – The Day Hollywood Died Acquired
Rising Pictures today announced that they have acquired the rights to the exciting feature from debutant director Ronnie S. Riskalla and scribe K.G. Donovan. The pair produced the picture independently and Rising Pictures will provide the platform to launch the film into the global market.

22 October, 2009 – Launch
Rising Pictures announced today their birth as a feature film production company based in Sydney, Australia. The company will engage with highly motivated and creative teams to bring high concept motion pictures to audiences worldwide.