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Digitalscape Behind Development of Transformers Prime CG

Posted on 04-23-2010 at 09:35 PM by Tim Formas under Transformers Prime
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Digitalscape Company, a Japanese consulting company specializing in digital content creations, has posted a notice of job fairs to be held to hire 40 people that would be responsible for some aspect of the graphics for the upcoming Transformers Prime cartoon that is schedule to air on The Hub as early as late this year.

This is the first mentiion of Digitalscape's involvement with the upcoming cartoon. Digitalscape is mostly widely known for their involvement with video games, with work ranging from character, environment, motion, to programming.
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hupla
So what have they done in the past?
VaderPrime1
I'm glad I can read those links.[/sarcasm]
Tim Formas
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I'm glad I can read those links.[/sarcasm]
Online Translators are your friend.

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The movie "Transformers" TV decided abroad is to be broadcast series. Increasing the number of personnel will be promoted in Japan With its production. CG and breathtaking visual punch, grand scale, and so the one world-class work. Want to participate in creating works that can not be the subject of a film! Getting involved in the production of transformers, or people that they became what is required, bon appÚtit production company to talk directly to people. Do not miss this rare opportunity!
Digilaut
Bon appetit production!

edit: I looked around that site:to me it looks like this is not the company that is making the Transformers series, but rather a recruitment office looking for people for their customer (Hasbro/animation company)?
AniProwl
Yay! More news on TF: Prime!

I hope this CGI is as awesome as Mainframe's and Gonzo's.
SPLIT LIP
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So what have they done in the past?
I would like to know this as well.
Ravenxl7
Definitely sounds familiar, but I'm not sure where from. Here's hoping they do a good job with it.
DrillBIT
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Originally Posted by Digilaut View Post
Bon appetit production!

edit: I looked around that site:to me it looks like this is not the company that is making the Transformers series, but rather a recruitment office looking for people for their customer (Hasbro/animation company)?
Yes. Temporary work force just like anime industry in Japan nowadays.
The company act as an organizer and recruit people to work on different job fields.
For digital entertainment and design they have work for Pachinco industry and interior design.
Digilaut
Thanks for the info, it's what I thoiught.

So that practically means it's not much use to look for other stuff they have made, since we technically still don't know the company that's creating this..right? (I think at least 1 person on TFW knows it, though)
DrillBIT
A little bit more details on the recruitment.
Hiring temporary staff
Angelwave
I might be missing it, but I see no portfolio on their site. And all I get is that they are some sort of digital media company/publisher/distributor. Nothing really about series/TV show development.
Ironhide2005
Wouldn't mind a sample of their work
VaderPrime1
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Online Translators are your friend.
RedAlert Rescue
Hasbro obviously care nothing for their media.
If they are only now hiring- i'm now lowering my expectations down to Cybermissions territory, and alikely air of inferiority to the show.
They should be further along, than that, it does not bode well.
EmGo316
Definitely looking forward to the new series. I hope it's done well.
RedAlert Rescue
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Purpose of link in this context?
Tiller
I think I found the same company on IMDB. Since they hire and outsource work as a middle man, they're credited in special thanks and miscellaneous company in the following video games:

Miscellaneous Company - filmography

1. Dead or Alive Paradise (2010) (VG) ... Production Support
2. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (2009) (VG) ... Special Thanks
3. Star Ocean: The Last Hope (2009) (VG) ... External Experts & Specialists Unit, Sound Designer (external experts & specialists unit), Special Thanks (development partners)
4. Tenchu 4 (2008) (VG) ... Production Support
5. Teiruzu obu Shinfuonia: Ratatosuku no Kishi (2008) (VG) ... Production Support
6. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008) (VG) ... Motion Post-production
7. Armored Core: For Answer (2008) (VG) ... Special Thanks
8. Soulcalibur Legends (2007) (VG) ... Production Support
9. Shin sangoku mus˘ 5 (2007) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
10. Sengoku mus˘: Katana (2007) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
11. Sengoku mus˘ 2 mush˘den (2007) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
12. Ninja Gaiden Sigma (2007) (VG) ... Special Thanks
13. Sengoku mus˘ 2: Empires (2006) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
14. ďkami (2006) (VG) ... Supporting Company
15. Sengoku mus˘ 2 (2006) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
16. Soulcalibur III (2005) (VG) ... Supporting Company
17. Rei: Shisei no koe (2005) (VG) ... Special Thanks
18. Shin sangoku mus˘ 4 (2005) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
19. Death by Degrees (2005) (VG) ... External Production
20. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (2004) (VG) ... Human Resources Support
21. Sengoku mus˘ mush˘den (2004) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
22. Dororo (2004) (VG) ... Special Thanks
23. Cool Girl (2004) (VG) ... Special Thanks
24. Sengoku mus˘ (2004) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
25. Shin sangoku mus˘ 3: Empires (2004) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
26. Shin sangoku mus˘ 3 mush˘den (2003) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
27. Shin sangoku mus˘ 3 (2003) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company
28. Shenmue II (2001) (VG) ... Producer's Thanks
29. Baiohazado kodo: Baronika - Kanzenban (2001) (VG) ... Miscellaneous Company

Filmography as: Miscellaneous Company, Special Effects Company

Special Effects Company - filmography

1. Death by Degrees (2005) (VG) ... Special Effects Company (external production)

Digitalscape Co. Ltd. [jp]

Not sure what this means for production though if this is the hiring company.
autobotguy
Oh great....Hasbro is scraping the bottom of the barrel if they are contracting TEMP AGENCIES for their new shows.

This just means that Hasbro is going to put a minimal effort into this show versus going full force using a graphics design firm.
ORIO
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Oh great....Hasbro is scraping the bottom of the barrel if they are contracting TEMP AGENCIES for their new shows.

This just means that Hasbro is going to put a minimal effort into this show versus going full force using a graphics design firm.
This is the impression I'm getting as well.

Doesn't sound right. Am I missing something?
bellpeppers
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Digital Scape Video Team is hiring 40 staff to work on HUB's new CG Transformers TV series.

Job presentation will be held:
May 21, 2010 at T's Shibuya Flag 7th floor at 10:15am (10:30am ~ 11:30am)
May 22, 2010 at Digital Hollywood Tokyo campus 1st floor at 1:15pm (1:30pm ~ 2:30pm)

DSP Job presentation posting
DS Transformer on Twitter

EDIT: Thread title should be: Digital Scape Video Team will be responsible for CG production of the new Transformers TV series on HUB
EDIT: Digital Scape is a company that outsource temporary employees (as a group) to work for other companies.

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BAUHAUS ENTERTAINMENT
This surprises me... I would have thought that they would have been working on the models and animation by now.
cylence
The target experience sounds like they're hiring the production-line animators. At this point, they'll already have the character designs and initial episode writing done, and now need people to handle all the "boring" work of actually animating them. My guess is that Hasbro's doing all the design studio work in house, and outsourcing the cheap-labor animation (most animators unfortunately are at the bottom of the barrel until/unless they catch a break to rise out of it). Not that uncommon, really, especially if they're looking at a large number of episodes for a 5-day/week broadcast schedule (don't recall hearing anything on scheduling yet).
Fit For natalie
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Originally Posted by RedAlert Rescue View Post
Hasbro obviously care nothing for their media.
If they are only now hiring- i'm now lowering my expectations down to Cybermissions territory, and alikely air of inferiority to the show.
They should be further along, than that, it does not bode well.
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Originally Posted by autobotguy View Post
Oh great....Hasbro is scraping the bottom of the barrel if they are contracting TEMP AGENCIES for their new shows.

This just means that Hasbro is going to put a minimal effort into this show versus going full force using a graphics design firm.
I think we wait for more information and perhaps some comment from TF fans who work in the visual effects/CG animation industry before passing quick judgement, yes?
Chevluh
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If they are only now hiring- i'm now lowering my expectations down to Cybermissions territory, and alikely air of inferiority to the show.
They should be further along, than that, it does not bode well.
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Originally Posted by autobotguy View Post
Oh great....Hasbro is scraping the bottom of the barrel if they are contracting TEMP AGENCIES for their new shows.
Standard procedure, actually. You don't need many people for pre-production (ie character design and modeling, plotting, etc) so hiring many people early is just a waste of money, and in japan animators (from the actual production line) are freelancers paid on a per-frame basis, so the usual method is to have them hired for episodes, not whole series, thus temp agencies. Also, actual episode production starts one or two months before the episodes are scheduled for airing. Basically, unlike a feature film where you mobilize a whole lot of people up front (because it's directly shown in its entirety), for a TV series the idea is to have as much of the production work as possible done while the series' airing.

Well, that's for 2D animated series so there may be slight variations for 3D but it's not really different.

So basically so far everything's normal. I'm almost surprised they're outsourcing to japan rather than india (which is 3D's korea, so to speak), I'm gonna guess that's Takara's influence.
Sprocket
I'm just surprised Japan gets to animate Transformers yet again. I'm not complaining, it just surprises me. Would've thought maybe Nerd Corps Entertainment in Canada or heck, maybe the unlikely outcome of working with Lucasfilm after establishing a relationship with ILM on the films, who knows.

Still, I've yet to be impressed with CG animation in Japan on television or film compared to western efforts. But that's more a time and budget issue, as various Japanese CG studios ahve done pretty solid work for video game cut scenes over the years. It's up to Hasbro how good they want it to look in the end.
OptimusMagnus3
I just want this show to air already! Right now, I'm relying on comics to fulfill my Transformers fiction needs. I'm not saying I don't like the comics. They're great. I just really like to have some sort of T.V. series to look forward to. Right now, I'm dying for another series to air!
Bathawk
trying to keep an open mind here but it's hard

almost jumped ship on transformers when "Beast Wars" and later "Animated" were announced

hopefully learned my lesson and this show won't blow
Sprocket
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almost jumped ship on transformers when "Beast Wars" and later "Animated" were announced
What are you, Shattered Glass Bathawk? You didn't like either of the post-G1 written and developed in America shows? Well then, I suppose you're hoping for something more 'Movie' which given Hasbro desire for synergy shouldn't be a problem. Just learn to enjoy good stories, 'cause if you're here for something along the lines of Armada, Energon or Cybertron...I don't really know what to say.

Also, dude, seriously, punctuation goes a long way.
Fit For natalie
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trying to keep an open mind here but it's hard

almost jumped ship on transformers when "Beast Wars" and later "Animated" were announced

hopefully learned my lesson and this show won't blow
You kidding? Those two shows are widely considered to be the best Transformers televisual fiction there is
Scourge_151
Can't comment until we see a bit of how the new show will look.
bellpeppers
So far, my only concern is for the show's quality.
If this show is supposed to air in October... that's only 6 months from now and they are only now hiring animators.

It wouldn't be the 1st animated Transformers rush job:

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Transformers: Cyber Missions Trailer is now up at Vimeo.

Warning : Major Spoilers

Transformers | Cyber Missions | Trailer on Vimeo

A brief description from TG Studios...
[I]
In 2009 TG Studios was approached by Hasbro to produce a thirteen-episode animated series for the Transformers. At the outset of production the time frame for completion was 11 months. Shortly after we finished the models and were working on the first 3 episodes, circumstances arose which required the final masters for the complete series to be delivered in 3 months.

• modeling and rigging each robot and vehicle
• storyboarding
• animation
• rendering
• compositing
• sound
Goatboy
I think Bathawk means that when both Beast wars and Animated were first announced he nearly jumped ship, but was later won over by both. So hard as it is he's trying to keep an open mind about the new show.
autobotguy
The great thing about Beast Wars was that the writing staff actually took ques from transformers fans on alt.toys.transformers. What with the "A.T.T override" and sector "Tallories" and such. It was a great time to be a transformers fan.

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