Aardman feels flush with faster internet

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Aardman feels flush with faster internet

Computer Weekly Staff

Aardman Animations has signed a deal with ntl:Telewest Business to boost its managed internet service from 4mpbs to 10mbps to cope with the demands of transferring extremely large graphics files to its US partners each day.

Paul Deane, head of IT at the Bristol-based film maker, said the upgrade would allow co-production teams in the UK, the US and Canada to share files in a way not possible previously.

"As our business develops we are making feature films and TV series with partners around the world, so this is critical to our business as we work on more of these collaborative projects," he said.

The firm is best known for films using traditional model animation, but even this is now shot digitally, and with the growing use of computer generated images data volumes have rocketed.

The latest joint project between Aardman and US-based film studio DreamWorks Animation is Flushed Away, which was the first to marry Aardman's traditional animation techniques with CGI technology.

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