CG/3D Artist Team Formation

Maya, Nuke CGI team in Macedonia

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Background

A VFX studio from the USA wanted to deliver a superior visual experience in the movie for their client. In a time of scarcity for experienced artists with 3D effects, animation, motion design, and good knowledge in the CGI pipeline, Maya and Nuke, they considered Axeltra to be a suitable partner for their needs. Axeltra not only was able to offer experienced editors and artists with previous experience within VFX environment and understanding of 3D animation but also offered these services at considerably lower prices while delivering the same quality as hiring these resources in the USA.

Project details

  • VFX, USA

  • 2010

  • Maya, Nuke

Challenge

Macedonia does not have an industry for CGI effects however an opportunity arise from a layover staff from a company that decided to cease operations due to restructuring. A lot staff was available on the market but integrating them with a new client might prove difficult to execute. This made for an expeditious CG/3D artist team formation to be made possible and assured the studio that outsourcing a VFX team was the right strategy of choice.

Solution

An effective collaboration was established between Axelta’s team and the team in the VFX Studio. The team worked closely with the Art Director, the VFX Supervisor and the animators from the American VFX Studio to develop efficient animation pipelines and to create high-quality character design, to test the correctness of the visual effects, or to modify lighting as necessary.

The team worked on delivering a 3D environment that made the movie alive, creating thousands of visual effects, entirely CG photo-real scenes of explosions, bombing, facial expressions, anatomical visuals, adding features and augmenting the faces of the characters while ensuring the highest level of detail in every shot, consistency, and accuracy.

The project ran smoothly and the teams succeeded to stay on schedule, meeting the planned design concept and delivering the authenticity of the movie to the greatest effect.

Strategy implemented

  • The client selected the profiles for the candidates to be interviewed

  • A flexible contract was signed allowing one month trial period with the artists and their replacement if the client wasn’t satisfied by their work

  • A production team was chosen:
    -2 Seniors CG Artists with strong animation skills and ability to deliver full CG effects, modeling, UV layouts, texturing
    – 2 Seniors 3D Animators with knowledge in 3D Studio Max and Maya, responsible for lighting, match-moving and final rendering of the CG elements
    – 1 Intermediate MatchMove and RotoScoping Artist experienced in Nuke, Maya animation, 3D Equalizer, compositing and rotoscoping

Result

The project was finished on time and within budget and the client was very satisfied with the live-action performance of the movie and the quality of work that was delivered.  Breathtaking imagery was created and thousands of CG elements and visual effects were successfully delivered. The client’s satisfaction resulted in signing a new contract with our team for the upcoming projects.

  • Project finalized on time and within budget

  • Client signed a new contract with our team for upcoming projects

Cooperation spanning in years!
Axeltra have been a tremendous help. Their flexible and dedicated team have assisted Prime Group working on a variety of projects.
Eddy Thans
CEO / Prime Vision, The Netherlands

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