With editors and visual effects artists in such high-demand, the top talent can now strongly influence where and how they want to work. ETC had to deal with the challenge of connecting these artists with their clients — directors and DOP’s who were also scattered over the globe, travelling or on other projects.
Getting key stakeholders in the same room at the same time for an edit or VFX review proved challenging. And, since some projects only required the client’s presence once or twice in the process, getting them to commit time out of their schedules to come into the facility for a couple of hours was not straightforward.
Finding a remote collaboration tool that would help connect clients/ artist/ team was key. And, whilst offline remote collaboration tools work well for sending content from a-b-c — for review and approve discussions (i.e. ‘make the sky angry’, ‘smooth the scene transition’), ETC needed a real-time solution to recreate that over-the-shoulder collaborative experience for all.
Since completing an edit sequence, uploading it and getting the director to review, does not give users this experience, ETC needed a tool that would enable the client or teams to view the artist’s edit software, see the timeline and see the alternative shots in the editor’s bin etc.