Going global

Jellyfish Pictures Animation & VFX Studio Goes Global

The big announcement is finally here! After years of investing in our pioneering tech, Jellyfish Pictures has expanded its operating model to access talent across the world. We have broken down the barriers and are unleashing Jellyfish Pictures to the globe. Having been at the forefront of virtual and cloud technologies within the animation and VFX industry since 2015, opening the world’s largest virtual studio at the end of last year, we were ready to move on to our next stage of development.

Our new way of working means we can access talent anywhere in the world without investing in studio spaces. Artists are able to work from their own home whilst maintaining the same experience with their teammates as if they were in the studio. This new model has already been implemented with new starters joining from Israel, India, North America, Finland, Canada, Spain and Réunion.

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Jellyfish Pictures’ IT infrastructure is housed off-site and utilises the Azure backbone to set up hubs all over the world, which connects back to our tier one data center in the UK. All content resides on PixStor, Pixit Media’s software-defined storage solution. Using its dynamic data manager Ngenea, integrated with pipeline tools and Azure, files are distributed across creative hubs quickly and securely. Artists access their content from PixStor running in the cloud hub, which guarantees their performance requirements are always met. When completed, files automatically move back to the UK datacenter.

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Data never leaves the secure Azure hub, with pixels streamed to artists’ monitors via an encrypted streaming session over Teradici PCoIP technology. Data cannot be downloaded shared or accessed, remaining fully compliant with TPN protocols and the stringent security measures withheld in the physical studios.

To further strengthen the global operation, Jellyfish Pictures’ review tool, which extends to the public cloud, allows clients to review content seamlessly in 4K. No matter where they are based in the world, both client and artist can share the same screen, updating and annotating in real-time.

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From the very beginning when I first started looking at cloud and virtual technologies with Jellyfish CTO, Jeremy Smith, it was always my vision to be able to go to where the artists are. We introduced cloud rendering and virtual desktops so we could break out of our four walls. Now in 2020, with events no one could have foreseen, we have over 280 artists working from home with no loss in productivity. Moving our staff to this environment was a relatively simple one, connecting to the data center from home is the same as if they were connecting from the studio.” “It was always our intention to roll out this way of working on a global scale, we have merely accelerated our plan due to current circumstances. By unleashing the power of Azure and the different technologies that allow global collaboration to run efficiently and smoothly, Jellyfish Pictures truly has unlimited studios with a community of the best global talent.
Phil Dobree, CEO Jellyfish Pictures