Southpaw Technology, a Toronto-area developer of production asset management (PAM) technology for digital content creation companies, announced today that it has signed a 100-seat licensing deal with the Korean visual effects studio, Dexter Digital. Southpaw’s production asset management system TACTIC will initially be used to support Dexter Digital on a 2,000-shot visual effects project for an ambitious, full-length stereoscopic 3D film called Mr. Go 3D.
Based on a popular Korean comic, Mr. Go 3D is a sports comedy that tells the story of a gorilla from a Chinese circus that is trained to play professional baseball in Korea. The ambitious live action film is being shot in stereoscopic 3D and will utilize a combination of motion capture performances and digital effects. Its $20 million budget makes it one of the most expensive South Korean films of all time. To speed the creation of the digital assets to be used in the film, Dexter Digital turned to Southpaw Technology and its production asset management system TACTIC.
”We evaluated a number of asset management systems over a 3-month period, and found TACTIC and the team at Southpaw to be exactly what we were looking for,” said Yun Geuk KANG, CG Supervisor for Dexter Digital. “Not only does TACTIC handle 2D and 3D assets perfectly; its built-in project management and time tracking functionality help us understand exactly where we are in the project, what we’re spending on shots, and how to bill on upcoming projects. Plus, Southpaw’s support has been extremely responsive, which has been a great help in getting our studio up to speed.”
TACTIC is ideally suited to manage large VFX production workflows. As one of the only solutions capable of securely storing digital assets, and then tying those assets to production notes, status updates, tasks, and resources, TACTIC enables vast teams of digital artists to know what they are supposed to be doing when. And because each artist can also track the time they are spending on a given task, TACTIC is the only system that provides a real-time financial view of what assets and shots cost to create. This ultimately drives more efficiency into the process and helps studios complete even the most complex jobs on time and on budget.
“Though young, Dexter Digital is a very ambitious studio, with a state-of-the-art production pipeline, a talented staff and three massive projects already underway, one of which is arguably South Korea’s biggest CG production ever,” said Gary Mundell, CEO of Southpaw Technology. “Their use of TACTIC across their facility is a testament to the faith they place on our technology and our support. We look forward to many years of close collaboration and to the amazing content they will undoubtedly produce.”