Toon Boom Animation and The Foundry have announced that they will work jointly to introduce studios to the collective power of FLIX used alongside Storyboard Pro. FLIX, The Foundry’s web-based story development tool, allows creative teams to collaborate in one easy-to-access place. The storyboarding and pitching tools in Storyboard Pro have made it the industry favorite for visual story development for pre-production and concept design. For studios involved in animation, 3D and live-action, the complementary solutions can enable a highly efficient workflow for developing and sharing their creative vision prior to production.
“Efficiencies in pre-production pay huge dividends down the line, and a connection among Storyboard Pro, FLIX and editorial will advance the pre-production process,” said Francisco Del Cueto, CTO at Toon Boom.
In addition to the business arrangement, Toon Boom and The Foundry are integrating Storyboard Pro and FLIX, including a new workflow between the two solutions. Now, artists can feed panels from Storyboard Pro into FLIX, where they can review and manage them in step with changes from multiple departments during story evolution. Changes that require artist revisions can be easily routed back for updates in Storyboard Pro. FLIX maintains version control and keeps track of all pre-production assets throughout the process.
“Story development is an area that is ripe for further technical innovation and with this integration between Storyboard Pro and FLIX, artists will have access to the collective power that makes visual story development across teams that much easier,” said Yiotis Katsambas, FLIX product manager at The Foundry.
Linking these two software packages together provides a solution for pre-production, from the first sketch in Storyboard Pro to final, approved boards or animatics done in editorial to the collaborative review in FLIX.
The benefits of getting things done right from the beginning are multiplied for large-scale projects and when simultaneous productions are in the pipeline. “With multiple projects underway and numerous co-production partners in the mix, efficient pre-production for us is vital,” says Joel Kuwahara, early tester of the integration and co-founder and executive producer at Bento Box Entertainment. “Toon Boom and The Foundry are making story development that much more fluid, which is just what we need.”
About Toon Boom Animation
Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Walt Disney Animation, Rovio Entertainment, Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Nelvana and 20th Century Fox Animation.
For more information, visit:toonboom.com
About The Foundry
The Foundry develops award-winning creative software used globally by leading artists, designers and creative professionals. The portfolio lets users create inspiring and technical high-end visuals in the areas of Media Production (film, commercial, episodic, gaming) and Design, as well as participate in emerging high-growth markets such as 3D printing and VR/AR. The Foundry’s wholly owned subsidiary, Made With Mischief, develops simple, creative and accessible tools and applications that empower people to explore ideas and create. Clients include Pixar, ILM, Double Negative, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore and Sony Pictures Imageworks.
In 2015, the London Stock Exchange named The Foundry one of its “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain” and the 2015 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 listing marked the sixth time The Foundry made one of the Fast Track lists.
In 2013, The Foundry’s CEO Bill Collis was recognized as the UK Technology winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
For more information, visit:thefoundry.co.uk