Nimble Collective, the cloud-based animation platform and community which aims to democratize the $13 billion animation technology industry, has teamed up with Zerply, an online matchmaking market for high-end production creatives in film, games and VR. This union can help studios save millions of dollars on their animation projects.
Over the past decade, the animation and visual effects industry has experienced a major shift whereby — according to Zerply’s internal tracking metrics — 70% of creative talent are now contract workers, versus only 20% several years ago. This has created challenges for studios due to the time invested in continually recruiting and managing on-location contractors. The team-up between Nimble Collective and Zerply addresses this shift by offering a cloud-based production platform to streamline performance and tapping into an elite pool of animation talent.
“Technology combined with talent will change the game. The world of work is changing and we are responding by integrating talent sourcing into our mix,” said Rex Grignon, Co-Founder, CEO, Nimble Collective. “By partnering with Zerply, we are giving studios the opportunity to tap into a vast network of top creative talent so they can bring their creativity to life.”
“In the coming years, creative talent will be hired remotely and on a flexible contract basis,” said James Bennett, co-founder and CEO, Zerply, Inc. “Zerply’s technology connects production managers to a global pool of available, vetted professionals for creative opportunities. Our platform bridges the gap between creative talent and creative companies so teams not only hire more quickly, they visually track the flow of talent as they enter and exit the market.”
Founded in 2014, Nimble Collective is the brainchild of animation industry veterans from DreamWorks, Pixar and Google, with credits including Toy Story, Madagascar, Lord of the Rings, Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon and Megamind. Nimble is developing a studio-ready cloud-based production pipeline and offers animation production teams an entire animation studio infrastructure available via browser – including cloud-based workstations, storage, professional workflow and more.
Zerply hosts a community of 15,000 vetted professional creatives with experience working on such films, shows and video games as Black Panther, Doctor Strange, The Shape of Water, Game of Thrones, Star Wars: Battlefront, and more — connecting top talent with some of the largest VFX, animation, VR and video game companies in the world.