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Tangent Animation brings Blender to the cloud and the big screen

Daniel Simmons
Sep 18, 2018 · 3 min read
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Tangent Animation is a Canadian production studio and a collective of film and television professionals with a shared vision and combined experience that encompasses CG Animation, Live Action Film Production, Visual Effects, and Software Development. The result — an award-winning collaboration with co-production partners both domestic and international.

The Challenge

The Solution

The Outcome

The Highlights

• Cloud rendering solutions included AWS (peak 3000 instances), Alibaba Cloud (peak 1000 instances), on-prem (600 instances)
• 50TB of data transitioned to AWS S3 for processing by EC2 render VMs
• 1500 shots
• Deployed proprietary data transfer/synchronization solutions to remote file systems and two production facilities
• 500 media assets
⁃ Up to 300 versions of each asset
⁃ Tracking 15,000 tasks through the production process
• Rendered using Blender (Opensource alternative to Maya)
⁃ Leveraged software developers from Tangent Technology to fix gaps between Blender and Maya
⁃ Contributed ray-tracing core improvements to Blender
⁃ Sponsored two in-house engineers at Blender Institute
• Tangent Technology provided development services to Tangent Animation including:
⁃ Development of a proprietary asset management solution
• Blender/Cycles development (in-house engineering staff in addition to sponsoring two developers at the Blender Institute):
⁃ Cryptomatte integration
⁃ Integration of Intel Embree, ray tracing core improvements
⁃ OpenVDB integration
⁃ Improved Alembic support
⁃ MipMap Texture caching
⁃ Blender Development to be contributed back to the Open Source community

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About the Author:

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Daniel Simmons is the Director of Cloud Strategy at Beanfield Metroconnect, a cloud product manager, cloud evangelist, and a solution architect for cloud and data centre services. He lives in Toronto with his partner and dog.

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A Toronto-based technology investor, experienced product manager, cloud evangelist, and a solution architect.

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