Empowering the Visual Effects Community with the NetFX Platform
By Jeff Shapiro, Piya Wadia, Andy Jones, Mike Schmueck, Peter Sauvey, Tom Wild, Kyle Spiker
At Netflix, we want to entertain our global membership with series and films from around the world. In line with that, we’re excited to announce NetFX, a cloud-based platform that will make it easier for vendors, artists and creators to connect and collaborate on visual effects (VFX) for our titles.
Visual effects are in almost all of our features and series, ranging from the creation of complex creatures and environments to the removal of objects and backgrounds. NetFX is a cutting-edge platform which will provide collaborators frictionless access to infrastructure to meet Netflix’s demand for VFX services around the world as our library of original content continues to grow.
The platform will connect vendors, artists and creators from diverse backgrounds and experiences to collaborate creatively on our wide range of global content. By providing virtual workstations, integrated storage and full access to secure rendering in a connected environment, NetFX will allow us to scale and creatively iterate on our VFX work as never before. Vendors will be able to contribute artist resources to optimise capacity and individuals can participate on-demand. And this work can take place safely in a virtual environment, which is ever more important during the global pandemic.
A beta version of the NetFX platform is currently in use in Canada with Netflix’s partners Frontier VFX and Galavant VFX. By early 2021, NetFX will be available for vendors, artists and creators in Mumbai through a partnership with Anibrain. As the platform develops, we hope to offer NetFX in regions where infrastructure can be deployed.
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