Outlook: The evolution of remote collaboration
Brad Thomas
January 25, 2022

Outlook: The evolution of remote collaboration

When the pandemic triggered a global shutdown in March of 2020, filmmakers were seeking any means necessary to continue to deliver content remotely. Fast-forward about 20 months later, we’ve come a long way in developing the science of remote collaboration and leveraging the value it offers in the way of productivity, creativity, work-life balance and more. It can only go up from here.

The way I see it, remote collaboration will evolve to become so seamless that there will be little to no added benefit to physically working together in the same space. The cost incentive and time savings will only become harder for large studios and corporations to overlook — and further, productions would be remiss not to take advantage of the enormous global talent pool they can access through remote collaboration. All of this points to more dollars invested in the technology and faster progress than ever before.

Since the day we co-founded Evercast in 2015, we’ve believed that realtime collaboration is the way of the future. By now, most platforms in the remote technology space have introduced - or are currently building - solutions to support synchronous collaboration, leaving behind the headache of sending notes back and forth. For Evercast clients, this workflow is a given, so now the feedback we hear most is: “We want more!” 

Directors love that they can spend three hours with the editor from home, while also having time to hang out with their kids. Now they want to be able to review color and sound that way, too. So, I believe the next step is to facilitate content creation from pre-production all the way to delivery. In the next year, we’re going to realize the ability to effectively finish projects entirely remotely, supporting higher resolutions and color depth — all through a standard business internet connection.

And then there’s the enterprise side of things. Company culture is changing, and more and more businesses are allowing employees to work from home indefinitely. That means it won’t be enough to simply provide a digital working space. The next step is to provide a digital office. In a studio or facility environment, managers want to be able to oversee many different employees, contractors and workspaces. As companies transition to a more hybrid (work-on-prem and work-from-home) model, this will become an invaluable add-on to the solutions available to creatives.

At Evercast, it’s been a wild ride in the last year-and-a-half just to scale, to meet the needs of so many diverse kinds of creatives, and to adapt to constant change. We’re at the point now where the industry knows what works and what doesn’t, and we have the time, the team and the resources to meet those needs and ultimately shape the future of content creation. It’s an incredibly exciting time for this space.

Brad Thomas is the co-founder of Evercast (www.evercast.us).