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Introducing Vero – the VFX budgeting application

Thinkbox Software has teamed up with veteran VFX Producer Joyce Cox to develop Vero, a new cloud-based application that simplifies the VFX budgeting and cost management processes.

Encapsulating Joyce’s proven bidding philosophy and methodology into an accessible, easy-to-use interface, Vero helps estimate and track VFX budgets from script breakdown to shot delivery.

Once logged in, Vero users will be able to easily monitor the granular details and big picture activities of a project, which broken into four distinct stages accessible via the interface:
  • Script Notepad allows users to import a screenplay file, and the app automatically breaks down the screenplay into scenes and actions. Scenes can then be manually grouped into sequences, and VFX shots can be added to actions manually, or automatically based on action descriptions. 
  • Budget Room enables users to manually rate VFX shots based on the level of complexity. The producer can then more accurately estimate generic shot costs and begin to layout the VFX production crew and equipment needs.   
  • Market Place empowers users to create custom bid packages that can easily be shared with interested VFX vendors. Receive and compare preliminary and secondary bids, evaluate designation scenarios, narrow list of potential vendors and apply costs to a VFX budget. 
  • Contract Room acts as a central hub where bids are awarded and accepted, changes to scope are managed and communicated to vendors and studios, and contracts are archived.
Vero is currently in development, with beta expected to launch this fall.
Attendees of SIGGRAPH 2016 can preview Vero in Thinkbox’s booth #449.