Artists are the central heartbeat of any production. They’ve grown up watching films and playing video games and have decided to turn their passion into their career. They tend to be a young and global workforce with technical aptitude and a fierce dedication to get their best work up on screen. They are fast studies, ramping up quickly on technique, storytelling, and communication. Those who earn the trust of creative leadership will demonstrate the ability to effectively translate direction into emotion-provoking visuals. Successful artists earn a solid reputation for their ability to rapidly iterate and deliver high-quality finals that please the pickiest supervisors and directors.
Virtual cloud-based technology will boost the gig economy and this will help creatives collaborate and work remotely from any location with a computer and Internet connection. Soon artists will experience a shift in power and benefit from increased control, flexibility, and access to projects.
As cloud-based systems continue to advance and prioritize security for global productions, studios will decrease the spend on the physical infrastructure that keeps talent on permanent staff. Artists will no longer be forced to live near major VFX hubs to secure top work. Instead, they will benefit from a thriving gig economy built just for creatives. Virtual studios will give artists the flexibility to work from any location, including their home. This will increase their worklife balance during production crunch times and expand the global talent pool.
With a more remote workforce, new solutions that foster collaboration for dispersed teams will replace in-studio meetings and review sessions. Fluid, real-time collaboration tools will help artists instantly align with the overall project goals, receive timely feedback during review processes, and input new creative ideas throughout production. No matter the location or time zone, artists will have consistent access to collaboration with team members, supervisors, and producers. Without physical perks, creative leadership will need to nurture morale and keep up momentum with deeper, more contextual levels of collaboration.
The VFX production industry will shift toward standardized workflows that will enable artists to seamlessly transition from one project to the next—and even between studios—without needing to learn new systems. Artists of the future will be able to plug in remotely and have full access to whatever tools or configurations they need. This will provide them with new opportunities to easily sign on to multiple projects simultaneously with little setup to get up and running. A standardized system will enable artists to quickly get started, create and collaborate with team members, and share their final results.
Advancements in machine learning and A.I. will lead to the development of new tools that automate repetitive work. Creative tools will also continue to improve with new features to automate and help artists accomplish more work at a faster rate, ultimately freeing up artist cycles to spend as much time creating as possible. Finally, each artist will manage their own reputation virtually. Managing their own reels will deliver more opportunities for self-pro-motion and provide direct connections that will help secure future projects.
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