Thinkbox Software Launches Professional Services Offering
"With tight deadlines and increasingly high client expectations, studios are continually challenged with creating new and compelling imagery and managing efficient workflows while at the same time integrating new software. This is a challenge we know well, as many of us have been developing software and custom artist tools on the job for feature films for years," says Thinkbox CEO Chris Bond. "Not only do we have the expertise, but beyond our commercial software we have an extensive and diverse codebase that we can tap to customize solutions for our clients."
The company recently completed its first Professional Services projects, one of which included custom development and early access to X-Mesh, a specialized mesh renderer and geometry caching toolset that supports Autodesk's 3ds Max and Softimage 3D animation software, for the animation and visual effects studio Blur.
"Working with the Thinkbox team was like working with in-house programmers," says John Kosnik, technical director at Blur Studios. "They were great at finding solutions that fit our specific needs, iterations were super fast, and communication was effortless. The X-Mesh tool is flexible enough that we can use the same caching format for a multitude of plug-ins and packages. It was easily integrated into our pipeline and makes our delivery systems more dependable and consistent across the board."
Thinkbox's Professional Services team includes experienced technical directors and developers, led by Borislav 'Bobo' Petrov, a veteran technical director and MAXScript developer who recently joined Thinkbox as product specialist. The consultative service is available to clients at an hourly rate for development and integration.