Toward a new production flow for animated movies : free, united, ethical and ecological

Speaker(s) : Virginie Guilminot Flavio Perez Paul Benoit

  • Language : Français
  • Level : Newbie
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Schedule : 15h00
  • Duration : 60 minutes
  • Place : Amphi Bunuel

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After working with big CG studios, which have become industries, the four associates of Les Fées Spéciales based their activities in the region Languedoc-Rousillon, in the South of France. The setup is a worker cooperative producing animated movies, helped by the free software Blender, recyled computers and renewable energy. Convinced that this is time to rethink the production pipeline, the encounter with Qarnot computing was a natural step towards it, sharing common values on solidarity and environment.

Qarnot computing powers Q.blender, a rendering service already used by professionals, freelance artists and hobbyists. Qarnot has put in place a disruptive render farm, rethinking data centers by breaking up the collection of servers previously centralized in energy-hungry facilities, and dispersing them into buildings in the form of Q.rad digital heaters. Computations heat all types of premises, from offices to homes, for free. On Q.blender, several hundreds of nodes can be mobilized for durations as small as one minute, to offer a fast, cheap, user-friendly and sustainable render farm.

Qarnot is the main sponsor of the Blender Foundation’s new open movie, the Gooseberry Project. More information:

Les Fées Speciales, helped by Qarnot Computing can now get rid off industrial solutions, in monopoly position, and work in a cooperative way while respecting the environment. Together, Les Fées Spéciales and Qarnot computing, bet on free solutions.

Virginie Guilminot , Flavio Perez , Paul Benoit
Virginie Guilminot
who has a PhD from Paris 8 University in Art and Technology of Images, has worked in Computer Graphics for 25 years. She was assitant-director on the first French CG movie in France, ‘Kaena the prophecy’ (1998-2003), and production director on the first feature film from Mac Guff, ‘Azur and Asmar’ by Michel Ocelot. Ambassador for the Imagina Festival from 92 to 98 she then took the artistic direction on the E-magician Festival for 10 years. Since 2012 she has looked for ways to introduce Blender in a production environment.
Flavio Perez
graduated from Estienne School (Paris) in animation, from Gobelins in Production Management and in Art and Technology of Images from Paris 8 University (where he now teaches.) That broad training provides him with a great overview for the technical direction of projects.
He has worked with Autour de Minuit as production assistant on a dozen of short movies (including Academy awarded Logorama). He then became a Data Manager before being Technical Director on the features ‘Despicable Me 1 and 2’ and ‘The Lorax‘ (Illumination Mac Guff). He moved to the studio ‘In Efecto’ in the South of France as main Technical Director while starting an animation group named Caravel.
Clément Pellegrini
An EPITA graduate, Clement has been working for Qarnot computing since September 2014. He is in charge of developing the interfacing between the Blender Foundation in Amsterdam and Qarnot’s renderfarm for the Open Source movie "Gooseberry Project".
Hélène Legay
has studied marketing and communication at Sciences Po Paris, and is in charge of relations between animation schools and studios on Qarnot’s 3D projects.