Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Digital Production Arts

Advisor

Tessendorf, Jerry

Committee Member

House , Donald

Committee Member

Davis , Timothy

Abstract

Managing large collections of assets created in today's CG productions is no easy task. This thesis examines basic production hierarchies and identifies problems that arise without proper workflow and asset control. The possibility of hundreds of assets being created in several workflows each week creates the potential for extraordinary time waste and user error without a system to track and manage the files being produced. It is becoming increasingly necessary to utilize methods during production that enforce naming and storage standards to prevent catastrophic data loss. This thesis presents an implementation of a customized database used to track all of the assets created and used within a production. This thesis also describes a package of tools and modules developed to handle asset creation during production, communicate with the database about asset information, and streamline the transfer of assets between workflows in a safe and consistent manner. The tools and database are constantly used by students in the Digital Production Arts program and have drastically reduced the amount of time spent on repetitive tasks when moving assets through the production hierarchy.

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