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BAFTA, Jellyfish Pictures announce Sheffield studio

Headed up by Jellyfish Pictures’ new animation director Kevin Spruce

BAFTA and Jellyfish Pictures have announced the opening of a new virtual animation facility in Sheffield.

The new site is the VFX and animation company’s fifth studio in the UK and will operate in a completely PC over IP environment, allowing it to virtualise its distributed workstations through Teradici’s remote visualisation solution.

The Sheffield site will sit on the same logical LAN as the other four studios, providing access to the company’s PixStor Software Defined Storage (SDS) from Pixit Media.

The studio will be headed up by Jellyfish Pictures’ newest appointment, animation director Kevin Spruce. Spruce joins Jellyfish Pictures from Framestore, where he oversaw a team of 120 as the company’s head of animation.

Jellyfish Pictures CEO Phil Dobree said: “We have multiple projects coming up that will demand crewing up with the very best talent very quickly.

“Casting off the constraints of infrastructure, which traditionally has been the industry’s way of working, means we are not limited to the London talent pool and can easily scale up in a more efficient and economical way than ever before.”