Today, computer-generated graphics have almost reached a point where they cannot be distinguished from real life. It is not uncommon for a major film studio to integrate 3D animated characters or effects into their live action footage, either to enhance what is already on the scene or to create a whole new fantastic landscape to work on. With the growing desire for these 3D animated graphics, it is not surprising that the number of studios to choose from has increased exponentially in recent decades. Fortunately, most studios specialize in a very specific place, like TV commercials or instructional videos, so the choice isn't as threatening as it sounds. Some studios don't even offer customer services, as their plan is to focus on personal projects.

When a 3D animation studio is opened for commercial production purposes, the first steps taken are to build a large customer base, sending news of your skills to as many customers as possible. On the other hand, if a company is primarily interested in producing a film of its own design, it must first find investors to donate resources to the project, until they are competent enough to finance their own companies. But, whether a studio is built for commercial or project purposes, they will have a tendency to follow a very similar 'pipe' or 3D production process.

Considering that each piece of a 3D animation must be built from scratch, it is seldom possible for a single individual to produce on their own. Consequently, studies often find that compartmentalizing the process between multiple employees or divisions makes more sense, with each assigned to a specific step in the 3D animation pipeline. While one person is working on concept sketches, another employee can finalize the details in the storyboard and storyboards. Once 3D modelers, texture artists, and rigging artists have taken turns, post-production specialists can add lighting, camera shake, and ambient effects, finalizing everything enough to send production to its render final.

Once a 3D animation studio begins to grow and needs grow, it is often beneficial to cover more aspects of in-house production. When a normal studio can send its project files to a 'render farm' to export the movie in a polished format, a large studio may find it easier to set up its own facilities. Or if the animation studio finds itself using images of real actors as references quite frequently, they might consider building a motion capture studio.

In the past two decades, a growing number of locations around the world have introduced incentive programs for those interested in opening studios, offering tax breaks or partial financial support, in hopes of increasing their visibility on a global scale. Having a booming entertainment industry in the area increases tourism and overall income, not to mention community pride. 3D animation creation has really taken the field perception of a youth entertainment medium into a sophisticated and complex process with virtually limitless perspectives. And, as technology continues to evolve, so will 3D animation studios, ushering in a new era of colorful virtual clarity.

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Today, computer-generated graphics have almost reached a point where they cannot be distinguished from real life.