Animation and VFX studio, Jellyfish Pictures, has expanded its virtual studio model to access individual talent across the world working from their own homes.

Jellyfish says it can now access talent anywhere in the world without any on-premises hardware. Artists can work from their own homes “with the same experience as teammates located 6000 miles away” with the use of Teradici Cloud Access Software and Microsoft Azure. The new model has artists joining the company from Israel, India, North America, Finland, Canada, Spain and Réunion.

Jellyfish Pictures’ IT infrastructure was already housed off site and completely virtual, the company uses Azure’s backbone to set up hubs all over the world, which will connect back to the Jellyfish Pictures’ tier one datacenter in the UK.

Jellyfish’s review tool, which extends to the public cloud, allows clients to review content in 4K with both client and artist sharing the same screen and seeing updates in real-time.

Phil Dobree, CEO, Jellyfish Pictures, says, “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 datacentre 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.”

Jon Creamer