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A method to remotely control the productivity of an "overseas" studio?
... in real time and at a glance

2009 • [1]Episodes progress
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2009 • [2] Planning / Making comparison, Anticipation
What's happening here? Why has the layout started so late (1 month 1/2 after reception of the material)? Why not start key anim earlier? Why wait more than 2 weeks before starting the model checking? Why has the ink & paint not started yet?
The layout has just completed and we are already bringing up the rear!
It will be necessary to understand the reasons for these delays, and try to prevent this from happening again in next episodes.
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2009 • [3] Work Force
The real "spy" on the quality of internal monitoring of the studio and / or the average capacity.
By comparing the visual "production flow" (of all episodes in process) with the following image, you will understand if the studio is actually busy on your project or not.
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2009 • [3] Planning / Making comparison + Anticipation
Here the actual making is already showing a delay, the black areas show what final delivery we can expect on each step. The ink & paint and pre-components have not even started ... that's going to be fun!
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2009 • [4] Methods of management in the studios
Most of the time the studios employ team leaders, the layoutmen and the key-animators as "free-lance". They are just obliged to let them manage by themselves ... their own priorities *. Too bad: loss of control over productivity! For example, as we can see here, the key-anim will start once the layouts (yellow bars) are almost completed.
* The free-lance seem to have an aura of "untouchability". Their priorities are also left to the "human factor": for example starting with the easiest scenes to get a better pay quickly.
Consequently, from the very beginning we'll get a lack of continuity in the delivery of the scenes.
Moreover, these "free-lance" are probably working also on other productions, if your project is not lucky to be easier and better paid than others ... not need to draw you the line, just watch the delay in the starting and the gaps in the making of the layout.
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2009 • [5] Continuity: a pipe dream? - Sequences
The principle of continuity in scenes delivered, often claimed by the client and so rarely obtained from the studios ... finally made possible!
By simply dividing the episode in sequences, and get the studio to proceed the scenes to the next stage only once a sequence is completed at its actual stage.
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2009 • [5]Continuity: a pipe dream? - Raod Map
This printable page displays the details of the sequence and order of priority of the scenes to deal with their backlog (the number of days shown in the box).
This document is an essential tool for the studio production managers. It is also "the voice of the client", and thus hopefully, having the force of law upon the "free-lance" artists' law.
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2009 • [5] Continuity: a pipe dream? - the Lock
The principle of regulation through the lock: the studio must wait for a sequence to be completed at one stage before passing to the next step. Thus the scenes remain grouped into sequences, throughout the production line.
Here, unfortunately, we see a bad result as "continuity": the scenes are dispatched randomly as they come from superior stages, with no continuity control.
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2009 • [6] Key Words: recurrent retake comments
One way to see at a glance what are some causes of delay: the repeated retake. Looking at what are the words used in retake comments, we can anticipate as much as possible.
This page is an automatic search engine, based on a series of keywords, set at will.
One can also choose the minimum number of recurrences, as in this example: "KEY WORDS 5 + RECURRENCE. The "off model" problem is the big winner, as usual.
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2009 • [8] Alerts
Once we're done looking around the informations provided by the whole system, we can deliver our analysis and / or advice to the studio.
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