Arcana Studio, From Ink to Pixels
The team at Arcana agrees that what makes them unique is the freedom to go at their own pace and the communication between departments made possible because they are a relatively small studio.
Arcana Studio has faced many challenges through its evolution.
Moving from comic books to animated and live-action features was a learning curve that required massive changes in technology.
For Corey Jessee, Arcana’s studio asset supervisor, tools like Maya have made that process much easier:
“Developers like Autodesk are getting better and better at creating tools that take artists away from that technical side, so they are able to focus more on the creative side.”
“I love ShotGrid. It’s awesome. We can upload things; it goes directly to it. I can give notes, it goes directly to it. You can do draw-overs in ShotGrid and it stays on top. They are making our lives easier.
And when the Covid-19 pandemic forced Arcana’s animation team to work from home – ShotGrid made it possible to keep production moving. There were other challenges that came from working remotely, like latency. For CEO Sean O’Reilly, latency was a big issue.
“When an animator is working remotely lip sync was just off by a little bit. But then we started using VPN. Annex Pro was amazing getting us VPN set up right away.”
CEO, Arcana Studio
“I have a fantastic team, and Annex Pro is kind of like the glue with all the parts figuring out what we need how we need it.”