Our first cloud-based VFX production is in delivery.

March 24, 2021 Our first cloud-based VFX production is in delivery.

It’s official! Our transition to a cloud-based VFX studio is complete; we’re now 100% on AWS. We have just delivered three episodes for ITV’s new psychological drama, Too Close, through our virtual studio.

To keep our artists working securely from home during lockdown, we expedited our move to the cloud. And it’s brought many benefits for us and our clients.

Jonathan Hancock, VFX Supervisor at Lexhag, explains, “Leveraging cloud-based resources allows us to think bigger creatively. We now have access to extensive infrastructure in the cloud. This infrastructure is completely scalable, meaning we can take on larger, more complex projects, and we can hire the best talent from around the world at a moment’s notice.”

Lexhag VFX Producer Toby Matthews “The transition from on-site to remote-working has been seamless. Latency and long-distance network issues have been almost non-existent. In some cases, we have been able to work even more efficiently than we did on-site. These efficiencies have translated into creative benefits for the client. This particular project required us to generate CG rain in several sequences. At the click of a button, we allocated more powerful machines for the labour-intensive rain simulations, reducing render times from days to a matter of hours. As a result, instead of waiting for lengthy renders, our VFX artists spent more time improving the creative output”.

“Clients want to know that we can respond and scale quickly to last-minute requests, now there’s no question of that”, says Vanessa Myrie, Production Development Manager. “The number of machines we can fit into a physical location no longer limits the size of project we can take on. Furthermore, we can scale up and down easily without jeopardising the business or being driven by the need to sell a particular service to pay the bills. This flexible way of working fits perfectly with our ethos as a story-first VFX company designing bespoke solutions. We combine our extensive in-house skills and experience in filmmaking, practical and digital effects with our broad network of industry talent to provide the right creative answer to the client’s brief. With a cloud-based VFX studio, we can scale to match the client’s needs from one day to the next”.

About Too Close

ITV’s Too Close will air in April 2021. The three-part psychological thriller sees Chernobyl star Emily Watson play a forensic psychiatrist with a compelling and dangerous patient relationship. Watch the trailer here.