Noted animation industry veteran Troy Brooks has joined Pipelinefx
as its cto. Brooks, formerly CG supervisor for the basketball franchises at Electronic Arts Canada, production systems supervisor at SquareUSA and lead programmer at Mainframe Ent., is a computer graphics animation pioneer with more than 13 years experience. "Troy is one of the most experienced animation experts in the industry. He knows the mechanics of both film and game production workflow inside and out," said Bill Spencer, Pipelinefx ceo.
Pipelinefx produces qube! Remote Control, enterprise-class renderfarm software for computer graphics animation studios in the feature film and game industries.
Brooks has been at the heart of building animation workflow pipelines since the making of Reboot, a pioneering 3D computer graphic series for television. As SquareUSA, he led a team that developed the first enterprise-class renderfarm management system for FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN
, the ground breaking, photorealistic animated feature film. He translated that experience into a suite of bar-raising techniques for using renderfarms in game development at Electronic Arts Canada.
The current version of qube! is based on the system Brooks built for FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN.
qube! is highly customizable, extensively scalable and can be integrated into any production workflow. qube! operates in Red Hat Linux, Windows XP, 2000, and Server 2003, Mac OS X, and IRIX. qube! comes with a Maya job type that contains everything necessary to submit and execute batch Maya jobs. qube! supports 3ds max, Gelato, Shake, Softimage, mental ray and any job that can be submitted as a command line.
), with headquarters in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, and offices in Vancouver, BC, has strategic presence between the entertainment centers of North America and the Asian Pacific.