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Virtual Production Studio Dimension Selects AWS and Arch Platform

On heels of signing joint venture with DNEG to launch DNEG 360 division, the company announced its choice for cloud and technology platforms to scale global visualization, virtual production and content creation services.

Dimension virtual production studios has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Arch Platform Technologies to scale its cloud-based global visualization, virtual production, and content creation services. The vendor selections come after the studio’s recent investment and global expansion announcement.

Last month, visual entertainment services company DNEG launched DNEG 360, a new division operated by Dimension. DNEG 360 regularly collaborates with Apple, Sony Pictures, Amazon MGM Studios, Netflix, and others on virtual production for film and episodic projects. Together, the companies operate two of the largest state-of-the-art LED volumes, alongside performance, vehicle, and volumetric capture stages, and build studio setups around the world.

“As our business becomes ever more global, the AWS Cloud and the Arch platform empower our business to rapidly adapt to changing business demands,” said Dimension and DNEG 360 CTO Callum Macmillan. “It is imperative to our business that we can work with talent around the world.”

He continued, “With AWS’s global footprint and Arch’s infrastructure platform, we can collaborate remotely with filmmakers who are using real-time to block out scenes, or our team can work across multiple locations on shared assets, in conjunction with demanding virtual production environments. This is an efficient, secure, sustainable solution that’s a game-changer for our offering.”

Dimension uses AWS services supporting its compute, storage, and remote workstation needs. In addition, the studio leverages AWS Deadline Cloud to support cloud-based render pipelines.

Earlier this year, Dimension and DNEG 360 collaborated with AWS for Cowgirls on the Moon, a demo highlighting the possibilities of generative AI-assisted virtual production, VFX rendering in the cloud using AWS Deadline Cloud, and a holistic production in the cloud.

“Dimension and DNEG 360 are proven leaders in virtual production, and we couldn’t be more delighted that they have chosen to move their pipeline to AWS to support their global operations,” said Katrina King, Global Strategy Leader for Content Production at AWS. “Working with AWS and Arch, which is part of the AWS Partner Network, Dimension and DNEG 360 now have the infrastructure and bespoke services to support production needs, which will help them embark on their next chapter of growth.”

Dimension’s team uses Arch’s platform to quickly create and deploy secure global VPC and any number of customized cloud workstations. Arch also supports on-premises resources. The solution is scalable with variable cost.

Leveraging the platform also enables the Dimension team to easily scale and manage creative workflows across global locations via a single-pane-of-glass portal, including the ability to create high-performance virtual private cloud facilities to support hybrid remote and office collaboration, powered by AWS’s reach and advanced performance infrastructure.

Dimension and DNEG 360 are deploying Arch for their forthcoming slate of independent films, including the recently announced Humanoid (Cambridge Picture Company), 2040 and Campbelltown ‘69 (both Virtual Circle).

“We are honored to be part of Dimension and DNEG 360’s vision for the future of creative content production,” commented Arch Platform CEO Guy Botham. “Our platform for demanding end-user and team workflows and supporting cloud infrastructure is a perfect match.”

Source: Dimension

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.