The new year should prove to be another important period for Pixel Corps, the organization that has created a community for aspiring and professional digital media artists worldwide and is developing a standardization process for its members and helping up-and-coming artists navigate the biz. When we last spoke with Pixel Corps, the brainchild of former ILM pro Alex Lindsay, the organization was striving to achieve a process that would create a standard of performance for a guild of artists that were contracted workers in film and television. The goal of PXC is to collect and teach artists to be the best in the world through a network that is based on training, community and production training.
In 2006, the Corps moved forward in achieving its goals by often partnering with leading software providers to benefit members as well as creating a Member Hub where those involved can get the latest news from the industry as well as PXC announcements.
Lindsay notes, ‘Over the past year, the PXC has not only grown in size but more importantly in experience. For example, early in 2006, the PXC partnered with the San Francisco School for Digital Filmmaking to acquire a Sony F-950 CineAlta. This has pushed the production level of our tests to a much higher level and forced our global pipeline to conform to true film hardened practices.’
The organization will also strive to implicate a certification process that would test
members and, in the future, facilitate a database for vfx companies to use when they are considering hiring artists. Lindsay says the membership certification is expected to be in place by fall 2007. ‘Our standardization process has moved forward a great deal over the last year’ he adds. ‘We’ve taken many of the processes that were handled on a case-by-case basis and begun to truly develop a pipeline that can be re-used across the system. By working on real productions, from broadband to film post, our system has become much more refined.’
Find out more about Pixel Corps at www.pixelcorps.com.