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Sunrise Productions in South Africa Leverages Qube! to Accelerate their Render Pipeline

(May 28, 2008)
DMN Newswire--2008-5-28--Honolulu, Hawaii " May 28, 2008 - PipelineFX, makers of Qube! render farm management software for film production, game development, and digital media education, today announced that Sunrise Productions, makers of Africa s first feature length animated film The Legend of the Sky Kingdom and the award-winning Jungle Beat series, is using Qube! to manage their rendering work and speed up the render pipeline for current and upcoming projects.

Sunrise Productions is a multi award-winning animation production studio that produces animated features, short films for TV, commercials and conceptual designs. Sunrise is currently working on the second season of Jungle Beat, with plans for an additional 52 episodes and a movie version of the series.  Sunrise currently has a three-picture deal with US-based Animated Family Films.  They are nearing completion of the first picture with Animated Family Films, The Lion of Judah, due to be released in 2009, and they are in development on An African Tale and The Pink Dolphin Project.

Sunrise has been using Autodesk® Maya® as their foundation platform and Pixar's Renderman®, Mental Ray ® and Maya ® as their renderers.  Sunrise chose to deploy Qube! to complete the animation of a children s music video for a range of soft toys called Bearbum.  Starting a render farm build halfway through production is probably not the most comfortable way to start your pipeline build, unless you do it with Qube!, said Brad Stilwell, Technical Director at Sunrise.  We chose Qube! after considerable research and positive testimonials, and we never looked back.  Despite several challenges we faced, we still managed to build the system, finish the jobs on time, and thrill the client.

Rendering has always been our bottleneck, but for the first time we felt a measure of freedom from the render monster and were able to focus more on the content knowing that we had a little more breathing space coming from a couple more render iterations, said Stilwell.  Qube! was instrumental in allowing us to do this.  Bearbum called for a non-photorealistic rendering solution. What we initially thought would be an easier job turned out to be a serious challenge. We had to drive the style of the short towards the style of the already published book, which was rendered with ink and watercolor on paper. Our solution called for multiple layers to be rendered out and composited in After Effects®. This, in turn, placed a whole lot of pressure on the render schedule, which is where Qube! came in and helped.

Support from PipelineFX was great! said Stillwell.  It's been a whole new approach to distributed rendering for us so we were glad the technical support engineers were so helpful in introducing us to the system concepts when we had our hands full.  I'm looking forward to digging deeper into Qube!, especially in terms of developing and customizing the system to our particular needs. What do I enjoy the most about Qube!? The sleep I'm getting!


About Sunrise Productions:  Sunrise s journey started in Zimbabwe in 1997 with the production of the stop motion animated feature The Legend of the Sky Kingdom, in which every character and set was made out of junk and recycled material. Junk of any description was brought to life and created a world unlike any other. The film took three years to make. Producers Phil and Jacqui Cunningham, both agriculturalists by training, ran an agricultural commodity business in Zimbabwe, and with the proceeds of their tireless labor funded the entire movie project on their own.  Sunrise has since completed season one of the award-winning Jungle Beat series, which feature a cast of quirky, loveable animal characters all facing unusual situations. The series has been broadcast in 170 territories, including on a number of airlines, and has been screened at numerous international animation festivals, including Annecy, Zagreb, Cartoons on the Bay and others, winning a number of awards along the way. For more information, contact Rita Mbanga at, Tel. + 27 21 702 0817, Fax. +27 21 702 0816, Unit B4 Westlake Square, Tokai, 7945, Cape Town, South Africa.  Also visit

About Qube! and PipelineFX:  Qube! is the leading enterprise-class render farm management system for film production, visual effects, game development and digital media education.  Qube! has custom pipelines for creative applications like Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya®, NUKE , SOFTIMAGE®|XSI®, Shake®, Adobe® After Effects®, Pixar s RenderMan®, Eyeon® Digital Fusion and many more. Qube! is IBM ServerProven®, database driven and operates in Linux®, Windows® and Mac OS®X environments. PipelineFX, with headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii, and offices in San Francisco and San Diego, CA and Vancouver, B.C. was founded in 2002. Qube! is used by world-class film and game studios and post houses including South Park Studios, Electronic Arts, Vanguard Animation, Rainmaker Animation, Disney Interactive Studios, Starz Entertainment, Imagi, Reel FX, and Attitude Studio. Qube! is used by schools around the world including the School of Visual Arts in N.Y., Goebelins School in Paris, Carleton School of Architecture, Full Sail, the University of Advancing Technology, Pratt Institute, the University of Hawaii-Academy for Creative Media, and Harvard s Graduate School of Design.  For more information, please contact Richard Lewis, VP of Sales of PipelineFX:, Phone: 866-856-7823, 1000 Bishop Street, Suite 509, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, USA. Also visit

Trademark Notice:  Qube! and Qube! Remote Control are trademarks of PipelineFX, LLC.  All other trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.  ©2008 PipelineFX, L.L.C


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