Mike Owen is an experienced Solutions Architect at AWS Thinkbox with over 17 years’ experience, primarily working on visual effects architectures in the Media and Entertainment sector. His high-performance computing background helps clients make efficient use of AWS for compute and storage workloads. Previously, Mike was a customer and developer on Thinkbox’s flagship product, Deadline – a highly, distributed compute management platform. Mike spends much of his time working with customers, designing and implementing VFX architectures in AWS and road-mapping new features for future versions of Deadline and AWS services. Mike regularly presents at a number of events including NAB, Siggraph, IBC, AWS re:Invent and industry summits. Prior to AWS & Thinkbox, Mike was CTO, managing the pipeline, infrastructure and engineering teams at award winning automotive digital agency, Burrows, across its 4 offices. Mike has many years commercial VFX/IT experience, specializing in automotive visualization on behalf of the Ford Motor Company. Mike holds multiple awards for both creative and software development work.

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VFX Virtual Workstations in the Cloud

In 2018 we see that the Visual Effects industry is now truly embracing the power of cloud computing with enthusiasm. Over the last few years, facilities large and small have taken advantage of cloud compute elasticity and economies of scale to deliver projects on-time and under budget. Studios continue to develop more advanced hybrid (on-premises to cloud) […]