Customer story: Gorilla

Customer story: Gorilla

“ContentAgent offered two significant advantages; an easy to use interface… and, uniquely, it allowed us to insert edit AS-11 files – a valuable asset in terms of time saving when up against tight deadlines.”Rhodri James, Technical Director, Gorilla

With 70 edit suites across two main sites and other locations, Gorilla is the largest post production facility in Wales, with a brand new purpose build flagship facility in the heart of Cardiff Bay. As part of a facility-wide upgrade which has also seen the installation of Avid S6 control surfaces, three new dubbing theatres, two Baselight grading suites and massive shared storage expansion, Gorilla is deploying two ContentAgents from ROOT6 Technology. The acquisition of these file-based workflow management tools followed a substantial evaluation of available kit and visits to NAB and IBC.

“We’d been looking at workflow automation for some time,” said Technical Director Rhodri James. “We deliver files in a variety of formats globally but the catalyst was the October deadline set by the DPP. We wanted to automate our deliverables workflow and examined a number of alternatives. In our opinion ContentAgent offered two significant advantages; it provided an easy to use interface that was operator-friendly and quickly grasped and, uniquely, it allowed us to insert edit AS-11 files – a valuable asset in terms of time saving when up against tight deadlines.”

“Following ContentAgent’s accreditation by AMWA for AS-11 UK DPP deliverables we ordered two systems, one for workflow automation with the second being used exclusively for file-based QC. With the new delivery format, the onus on delivering QC’d material is firmly with the post house and we’ve opted for Vidchecker which also provides useful auto-correction facilities.”

Gorilla is also using a stand-alone application MetaAgent, which, according to James, “Fits neatly into our working practice.” MetaAgent removes the need for complex metadata and XML scripting, minimising errors and allowing editorial and production staff to handle metadata in a familiar format. Users can share and save templates, allowing for centralised pooling of metadata and auto-population of commonly used metadata schemas.

A simple one-click submission system allows users to submit files and metadata to any ContentAgent workflow for processing. Technical supervisors can be notified by email that assets are ready for approval before proceeding further down the delivery chain, or an entire file delivery workflow can be triggered automatically, simultaneously creating AMWA certified AS-11 UK DPP deliverables, proxies, archival copies and more. Once submitted, users can track the progress of their asset from anywhere in the facility via ContentAgent’s web monitoring console, assuring peace of mind whatever the workflow.

Responsible for such long-running successes such as the highly acclaimed Dylan Thomas – A Poet in New York for BBC, GT Academy for ITV and all specialist factual content for Indus Films such as the Bruce Parry and Kate Humble series – Gorilla is currently exercising its new technologies on a range of projects including Boomerang’s Posh Pawn for Channel 4and the Tidy Production’s drama Stella for Sky.

Gorilla’s VFX and motion graphics arm – Bait Studio is currently working on action sci-fi film The Call Up, from a Brit List winning script by writer/director Charles Barker. Bait will be providing all visual effects for the film, along with the title sequence. Bait’s previous VFX work includes advertising for De Beers Jewelers, ongoing TV drama Casualty and features such as The MachineThe Hoarder and Take Down.  The motion graphics team is also busy on channel branding, advertising projects and music documentaries.

Animation division Cloth Cat is current in production on Toot the Tiny Tugboat for Lupus Films and Channel 5’s Milkshake. It has also recently finished work on Boj for Pesky Productions and CBeebies, Grandpa in my Pocket for Adastra Creative and CBeebies, and is developing a number of original projects for broadcast. Interactive publishing arm Thud Media is also working on commercial apps and games for Boj and Toot the Tiny Tugboat, as well as collaborating with Bait Studio on the new channel websites and games for S4C’s Cyw.

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