Japanese keen on Terengganu’s multimedia industry

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Japanese are keen to tap the potential in the creative multimedia industry envisioned by the Terengganu government, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. 

“We want to create job opportunities for locals, and by being more innovative, we will be able to provide more jobs for local youths,” he said in an interview. 

Idris said the Japanese were looking seriously into the multimedia sector and to make Terengganu part of their production hub by using local talents. 

He said the state had set up training centres for animation like M2 Farm where graphic artists could be churned out. 

“This is a great opportunity for locals, especially those who are unemployed. There are lots of opportunities in this creative field,” he said. 

Idris said the state projected the industry contributing 10% to the total Gross Domestic Product in the next decade. 

He said Hollywood animators were eyeing Terengganu and wanted to shift operations from India to the state. 

World-famous production house Rhythm and Hues (RH) had shown interest in setting up training centres for digital animation in Terrengganu, he said. 

RH, an American production house, was responsible of delivering digital enhancement of commercial and movie projects that we see on our television and cinemas, he said. 

The company’s recent commercial projects for mega establishments include Coca-Cola, Listerine, Budweiser, Quaker State, Nasonex, Snuggle, Activision, Microsoft X-Box, Crayola, Miller Beer, Ubisoft, Toyota and Zicam. 

It was also involved in animation aspects for ten top-grossing films last year, which include Night at the Museum, Superman Returns, Happy Feet, Charlotte’s Web, The Fast and The Furious 3 and Tokyo Drift. 

Films currently in production by RH include Evan Almighty, The Golden Compass, Kingdom, The Incredible Hulk and Alvin & The Chipmunks. 

The state recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Rocket Fish Sdn Bhd, an MSC-status company headed by renowned US animation industry figure Terry Thoren, to train youths on graphic design, he said.  

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