Artem (Creative Effects) ~ Case Study with Digital Asset Management System

by Daria Kotilainen on February 28th, 2017

Founded in 1987, UK Company Artem Special Effects – based in Perivale, West London – is celebrating its 30th year in 2017.

 

Richard Hince, Electronics Supervisor at Artem, a European company that works with animatronics, pyrotechnics, prosthetics, atmospherics, rigs, and props, shares his company’s experiences of using Daminion Server.

Over the years we have attempted to organise these files in various ways, using a number of different software tools. None have been particularly successful, and none were used effectively.
 
This is where Daminion comes in.
 
From the very outset, we could see that it was going to ‘tick all of our boxes’ – easy to implement, fast, intuitive, and best of all, very cost-effective.

 

As our name suggests, we have traditionally provided special effects to the Film and TV industry. We still do, and provide all services that might be expected from us including pyrotechnics, atmospherics, props, sets, prosthetics, modelmaking, and so on.

Costumes made for the launch of the Microsoft game ‘Titanfall’

Our motto is “if you can dream it, we can build it” and indeed, we have helped realise some of the wildest dreams. Enormously varied in nature, projects can range all the way from an animatronic snail to a full-sized set of motorised train carriages.

In our 30 year lifetime, we have also branched out into many other areas encompassing theme parks, museums, high-end window displays, events, and many others. For example we were the largest single contractor supplying assets into the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. As a result of all of this activity, we have amassed an extremely large collection of images.

Voldemort from Harry Potter, a puppet that we made for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

When we receive inquiries about new projects, it is often the case that we will have done something very similar before. Because of this, it is helpful if we can find pictures, videos, or any other stored information that relates to the new project – it reassures our client, and helps us win the work.

Exploding bus on Lambeth Bridge in London, for a feature movie coming out later this year

We had a dream of our own: how these assets could be stored, in such a way that allows them to be quickly located.

Over the years we have attempted to organise these files in various ways, using a number of different software tools. None have been particularly successful, and none were used effectively.

Another behind the scenes of ‘Macbeth’

In pursuit of perfection, we looked at several different DAM tools that we felt might be appropriate. For many reasons, most did not meet our requirements. They were either too expensive, too complicated (with features that we would never use), or otherwise unsuited to our needs.

This is where Daminion comes in.

From the very outset, we could see that it was going to ‘tick all of our boxes’ – easy to implement, fast, intuitive, and best of all, very cost-effective.

Another costume for the launch of Microsoft’s HALO 4

The latest version is even better, as we can now organise users in Windows Domain groups -they don’t have to be added individually. Searches are fast and successful, thanks to the great keyword section of the software.

We can see a bright future using Daminion.

The ‘Cerebro’ computer from X-Men: First Class

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