Will take low-cost approach to digital characters

A quartet of artists and technologists from major visual effects studios are launching a new shingle, CAM Digital, to specialize in digital creatures and characters.

CAMd’s founders believe they can cut costs on digital characters by using more efficient technologies and cutting overhead.

“We’ve written technology that lets us be less dependent on large render farms and large numbers of workstations,” founder Scott C. Smith told Variety. “We believe there’s a movement among large visual effects studios to outsource some of their creature work. We’re hoping to step into that gap.”

He said CAMd has already lined up a major vfx studio as its first client.

Smith is a veteran of Industrial Light & Magic and other vfx studios. The other co-founders are Timothy Naylor, who was a creature supervisor on the first “Transformers” for ILM and was recently supervised creature rigging for Digital Domain; Andrea Maiolo, who did digital creatures for Lightstream Animation and Digital Domain; and former Imagemovers Digital creature technical director Chad Vernon.

CAMd officially opens for business July 1. It will be based at 32Ten Studios, the San Rafael, Calif., facility that was the original home of ILM.

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