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April 2016
Issue: Day 2 - SIGGRAPH 2007


SAN DIEGO - Here at the show, Winnipeg-based Frantic Films Software ( is demonstrating its Deadline 3.0 renderfarm solution software, which provides a "hassle-free" method to both administer and render on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OSX-based renderfarms of all sizes. Features include reliable rendering thanks to the software's "swarm" architecture; an intuitive user interface; support for popular rendering packages; extensive job scheduling options and administrative and auditing features; integrated remote administration tools and remote error reporting; and cost-effective reliability for small, medium and large renderfarms. 

Customers that have integrated Deadline into their renderfarm pipelines include design visualization firm Alpha Vision, game developer Blizzard Entertainment and VFX house CafeFX. Additional customers include Melbourne, Australia-based Digital Pictures Iloura, and UK-based animation facility Dinamo Productions. 

Deadline is continuously being developed by Frantic Software's parent company Frantic Films, which has facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Winnipeg. They are currently working on Journey to the Center of the Earth and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. 

"We've made consistent updates to Deadline since we launched the software in 2004, but Version 3.0 offers some of the most in-demand features, such as Linux and Mac OS support, and the ability to offer Deadline as a service," says Chris Bond, president & creative director of Frantic Films.

Deadline 3.0 will be available in the fall directly through the Frantic Films' software division.