I this there are a lot of fields where the scalability of cloud technology is not used to its full potential, and one of these is the film industry.
I’m not working in the film industry, so I’m not a master in this, but I have read some articles from Pixar and other animated studios, and to render each frame of an animated movie it may take up to 24 hours. For this reason, the amount of computational resources required is huge. That’s where AWS can come to help. This is a quote from one of the employees of Mirkos Animation:
Using cloud for rendering is a huge technical achievement for us, and I’m continually amazed by what we can do with that connectivity. When we needed an additional two thousand nodes for Sherlock Gnomes, they appeared in the render dispatcher in less than two minutes – like magic
I agree with him. It’s like magic, and having this power “on-demand” can hugely decrease the production costs. Not only that, it can also speed up the process so that the artist doesn’t need to wait days before they decide to change some small part of the scene, and then again wait more days.
As mentioned before, I’m not an expert, but I’m quite fascinated by this, and I would love to know more about the process and try to figure out how (and if) having on-demand servers can help the industry or not. I know one of the big problems will probably be the amount of data that needs to be transferred between the local computer and the cloud, but I don’t know exactly the pipeline process of these companies, so I first need to learn those.