Giant Animation joins forces with Tyrell and ERA
ERA Ltd has announced that Giant Animation is set to kick it up a notch by implementing ERA’s innovative and dependable infrastructure to support its growing needs.
Giant Animation based in Dublin, joined forces with Tyrell, an ERA partner, when they took on a large animation project and needed to scale up their infrastructure. Tyrell, a media technology partner with offices in Dublin and London worked with ERA to provide on-demand infrastructure to Giant including workstations and storage enabling them to quickly gear up for their imminent project.
Giant Animation are an independent CG animation studio dedicated to creating and producing world-class content for TV and Film. The talent of their award-winning artists, production managers and technical wizards landed them with a large animation project, however their existing infrastructure was simply not up to the task.
Giant partnered with Tyrell and ERA to ramp up for the project starting with 20 workstations and storage for the initial pilot. The pilot progressed quickly into a longer-term, episodic project which is set to last for 18 months. The team has already grown significantly, and that growth is expected to continue in the coming months, with Tyrell and ERA ready to step in when further expansion is required.
Giant are also using ERA’s rendering infrastructure on-demand which can be quickly and easily deployed to meet the growing demands of the global workforce delivering the project.
Commenting on this latest customer project, Sean Baker, Managing Director of ERA said “We’re delighted to have partnered with Tyrell on this exciting project for Giant Animation. Our aim is to support Giant by providing them with infrastructure and services they can rely on and trust. It was imperative that Giant were able to scale their requirements as and when they needed to, and our operations are fully set up to facilitate this quickly and seamlessly enabling the delivery of the commissioned episodes”.
Ben Harper, Managing Director of Giant Animation commented “We approached Tyrell to help us with our challenges around storage and infrastructure. We were looking for infrastructure we could rely on and was future-proofed for our evolving needs. We needed to be able to trust in the technology to enable our creative output and Tyrell found the perfect partner in ERA. We are confident that ERA can deliver on our needs for secure and resilient infrastructure while also providing us with significant cost savings with their on-demand render burst solution”.
Based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire and delivering IT and workflow solutions since 1999, ERA is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of IT workflow solutions for clients in the media, VFX, post-production and broadcast industries. Solutions cover all aspects of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), cloud archiving, remote workstations, storage, maintenance support and other managed services to meet the needs of complex and demanding media workflow projects.
By taking a vendor-neutral design approach and understanding no two customers are the same, ERA has developed a large and strong customer base. With customers including Jellyfish Pictures, The Look, Evolutions, The University of Salford and Vice Media; ERA have helped with challenges around storage, impractical infrastructures, accessibility issues, scalability, and integration.
Founded over ten years ago, Giant is an animation studio dedicated to telling great stories and creating amazing animation the whole world can enjoy.
Driven by the passion of their award-winning team and guided by their unwavering commitment to quality, Giant bring something special to every project they work on. Whether it’s TV series, film, or commercials, they put our hearts into every pixel.
They are a family of artists, technicians, business partners, storytellers and filmmakers – and together they are Giant.
As a media technology partner, Tyrell empowers its customers with leading solutions for broadcast, television production and live performance with end-to-end solutions, ensuring they are supported in the future.
Established for over 23 years, Tyrell understands the unique pressures of the media and entertainment industry. Tyrell provide both on-premise and cloud solutions for content creation and live broadcast. Understanding their customers’ requirements and providing industry-leading professional services are key Tyrell values. Tyrell is proud to be an official partner for ERA Ltd.