Author Archives: Peter Plantec

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Shotgun: Should You Be Using It?

I'm not a pro filmmaker. I have no clue if Shotgun is any good or not. But I have friends and family who do make movies and do use Shotgun, so I asked around. And because my research didn't dig … more »

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The Future of VFX Work: Managing Remote Artists

Several of the large VFX and animation houses have developed online work environments that allow artists and supervisors to communicate in words and pictures. Some are cloud-based and some are simply Internet-linked real-time systems. And several work with Shotgun. They … more »

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VFX Cloud Houses, Part 3: Growing Opportunities

Here are two more cloud houses that are, indeed, quite different. One is based in Vancouver and another in Albuquerque. Yup…in old New Mexico. They each work with remote artists. Both work major motion pictures, commercials and music videos, etc. … more »

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VFX Cloud Houses, Part Two: Scarecrow and Legion

My stomach does a little cringe when I think about all the artists out there who are trying to keep their heads above water after the massive purge over the last year. The unstable houses have fallen, leaving literally thousands … more »

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VFX Cloud Houses: What Do You Think?

It seems everything in VFX these days is complicated and controversial. I know of several VFX houses that are, or will be, opening in the cloud. That means you work from home, wherever that may be, doing various levels of … more »

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Straight Talk About the Cloud: Adobe Responds

Updated 12/18/13: Scroll down or click here. As promised, Bill Roberts, Adobe's director of video product management, has taken time in the limited space I've given him to address many of the questions, concerns and misconceptions about Adobe's Creative Cloud … more »

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Your Opinions on Adobe’s Move to the Cloud

If you've read some of the comments below my previous post, you'll see I've been called a lot of things — including an apologist for Adobe's new policies. If you've followed me a long time you know I tell it … more »

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Adobe: A Cloudy Issue?

How do you feel about Adobe's move to the cloud? So far, I have interviewed a semi-random group of Adobe Creative Suite users who both have and have not joined the Creative Cloud. Emotions run surprisingly high, and I'm getting … more »

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Ending the VFX Crisis: What Has to Happen

UPDATE: 4/17. The past two articles have garnered an unexpectedly large number of important, articulate responses from industry people. There is as much — or more — useful information in these comments as in the original blog. I ask you to … more »

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Why Rhythm & Hues? And How Do We Keep It from Happening Again?

UPDATE: 3/29/13. I'm told that I stirred up some rumors about which studio I was referring to when I mentioned that I knew of a VFX house that’s about to incur a loss on a project. I got the information from … more »