World-renowned visual effects (VFX) company Framestore is changing the way we see and explore our world, through movies, advertising, and immersive digital experiences. From offices around the world, Framestore’s VFX artists work night and day to transport us to new places and bring our favorite characters to life. Framestore partnered with Pixit Media and NetApp to empower its global integrated advertising team with higher performance and nonstop access to data.
Milk VFX Multi-site Collaboration
MILK FLOWS FROM LONDON TO CARDIFF VIA THE CLOUD
When BAFTA-winning VFX house Milk needed to expand its facility due to a growing roster of TV and film projects, it was able to choose a remote location while staying connected via its PixStor storage system.
Pixomondo is renowned as one of the world’s leading visual effects studios. The company has garnered an impressive array of industry accolades, among them a Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards in 2012 for Martin Scorcese’s Hugo and a 2013 Visual Effects Society gong for its work on HBO’s Game Of Thrones.
When it came to building new IT infrastructure for its Stuttgart studio, VFX specialist Pixomondo turned to Pixit Media and the flexibility provided by its PixStor solution.
Cinesite, the award winning visual effects and animation facility, has transformed its workflow efficiency across two continents with Pixit Media’s PixStor software-defined scale-out storage platform. The installation of PixStor at its sites in London and Montréal has significantly reduced the cost of hardware, support and system expansion, while increasing production render performance.
When Viceland was looking for a media storage solution for its new Benelux service, the reliability and ease of integration offered by the PixStor system from Pixit Media made it the ideal choice
With studios in both London and New York, Absolute Post’s transatlantic, innovative services are used on a multitude of TV commercials, music videos, films and digital media. As one of Soho’s key emergent post-production facilities, they were facing growing demands for more creative space and network speed; recently they turned to their cloud service provider ERA and in turn, ERA’s partner Pixit Media, to help move them to the next level.
Halo Post Production
Halo Post Production has a long history as a leading post-production house that provides quality results under tight deadlines. Continuing to remain at the top of its game of delivering creative solutions for programme makers also means the company has a self-imposed mandate to embrace the latest technology, which now very much includes the advent of 4K.
Recent Halo post production credits include the feature films The Danish Girl, Bear Hunt and Nocturnal Animals. Dramas include Doctor Thorne and The Missing 1 and 2; documentaries including Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough for the BBC Natural History Unit, Forces of Nature, and the television comedies Murder in Successville, Upstart Crow and Toast of London.
East London’s premier post facility Splice, headquartered in the leafy creative hub of Shoreditch’s Perseverance Works, has just made a significant investment in 680TB of Pixit Media’s PixStor storage, offering a huge list of benefits to the facility.
Chimney Group, the renowned Swedish creative agency with ten offices across the globe, has benefited from a faster and more consolidated storage infrastructure with the help of a bespoke PixStor system from Pixit Media.
Nexus is an award-winning creator of visual content based in Shoreditch, East London. Founded in 1997 with an initial emphasis on animation, the studio has continued to diversify, delivering increasingly ambitious projects across film, advertising, visual effects and even interactive media. With a desire to produce ever more ‘talked about’ content and beautifully crafted ideas Nexus has recently extended its technical capabilities with an investment in Pixit Media’s PixStor scaleout SAN and NAS technology.
Electric Theatre Collective
Electric Theatre Collective has earned itself a reputation as one of the industry’s most creative and forward thinking vfx houses. The company, which recently celebrated its third birthday, has kept pace with technological change in vfx thanks to its relationship with Pixit Media, as Adam Coles reveals.
The University of York
The Department of Theatre, Film and Television at The University of York deployed PixStor from Pixit Media. BSc courses in film and television production and a new course for this academic year in interactive media required the facility to be re-equipped with a new storage area network. The new network had to be capable of supporting the extreme peaks of use involved when all 48 students in the FCP and Adobe-equipped lab are required to access the same clip simultaneously, and also cater for the high bandwidth required for uncompressed grading and finishing.
Envy Post Production
Envy is one of the UK’s leading post-production houses, delivering programmes across a diverse range of genres including factual, drama, comedy and light entertainment. Situated across five central London locations and offering its clients a full spectrum of post-production services – from online and offline to grading, VFX and audio – Envy’s technical operations are sizeable and require expert use of the latest technologies to deliver consistently high standards. It was precisely this commitment to technical excellence that recently lead the company to invest in a major expansion of its PixStor scale-out NAS and SAN system.
Founded in 1996 and based in Soho, London, Glassworks is one of the creative industry’s top providers of visual effects and high-end digital content. From award-winning commercials to film, promos and digital material, Glassworks’ expertise and success in computer animation, digital effects, telecine and compositing has facilitated the opening of offices in Amsterdam and Barcelona in recent years.
Founded in 1992, WRN Broadcast is a leading international broadcast managed services company that offers a range of services to its global client base. The company has seen consistent, year-on-year growth since 2010 across its comprehensive range of content management, playout, delivery and archive, and storage services.
When WRN Broadcast needed a scalable and resilient storage platform to facilitate 20 new channels and cross-site file transfer for its latest customer, Pixit Media had the answer
Milk has taken full advantage of developments in storage and networking technology, driven by companies such as PixIT Media, which has revolutionised the way in which studios manage their data workflow.
As Milk CEO Will Cohen explains: “The vfx industry has traditionally relied upon big name vendors selling proprietary technology at premium prices. This meant that increasing vfx capacity was an expensive business requiring the addition of extra clusters of capacity.“
As one of Soho’s leading post-production and visual effects facilities, Prime Focus Commercials has been partnering with advertising’s finest brand agencies, production companies and directors in London for more than 20 years. The London operation – with sister offices in New York and Mumbai – forms part of Prime Focus’ ‘global digital pipeline’ with creative and technical expertise shared across their network. Projects are delivered collaboratively across the facilities utilising tools that include The Foundry’s NUKE, Autodesk’s Maya and high-end client attend finishing suites such as Autodesk’s Flame and Smoke.