So far it has worked out great! We haven’t really missed a beat. SimpleCloud gives us the latitude in terms of the talent pool that we have access to. We’re no longer just grabbing the talent pool that’s in LA, or the talent pool that’s across the country, but it’s now global. We actually have people that we have been working with from around the country, whether it’s from Florida, Texas, or New Jersey, and then we’re expanding out to other parts of the world, like India and Europe.
Have there been any issues when working with people in different regions?
So far we haven’t heard of any complaints about things being slow or lagging. The only issues that we ran into were technical things that were happening to everyone across the board and not specific to one region. Those issues were quickly resolved.Once we got our software, the machines, and the accounts up and running, it all worked really well. The SimpleCloud interface for setting up accounts and onboarding Artists has been very efficient. It’s not a hard process and that makes us more self-sufficient.
You use ShotGrid for management, Autodesk products for animation, and Unreal Engine?
Yes, that’s correct, and we haven’t used any of the Adobe products quite yet, but those will probably be on the horizon for us. So far we’ve been doing editorial locally, but we want to push that online as well.
Could you give us a brief description of your current workflow?
We do daily video meetings between all of the employees utilizing Teams. Those are just on their local workstations. The rest of the work is done using Autodesk products and managed through ShotGrid on SimpleCloud. Even the Producers are on SimpleCloud to manage the process, and manage the team, and to exchange files with clients. Our studio is also managed through the SimpleCloud interface.
Do you have any advice for other companies looking to work remotely?
My advice would be that this is not a guess anymore of whether or not something like this can work. It actually works. We’re proof that it works. This is the future of how things are going to be done, whether it’s in games, or animation. It allows companies to access greater talent pools that they wouldn’t have had access to, because they are in a brick and mortar situation. For us it’s now a global talent pool versus a localized one.
”I recommend SimpleCloud, because it makes things a lot easier for us and stress-free. It opens any company up to have greater flexibility and growth.”
Mo DavoudianCEO, Brain Zoo Studios
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is one of the projects
Brain Zoo Studios worked on using SimpleCloud.