Proto Imaging was founded in 2005 to provide high-end CGI 3D graphics for the industrial, advertising and broadcast markets. We are based in Exeter in South-West England, and our main client base is in the UK, Europe and increasingly South East Asia.
Our team is passionate about digital art and have extensive experience in virtually all aspects of 3D CGI, visual effects and design. All projects are bespoke; we will liaise with the client to create the optimum result for your requirements and resources - creating CGI to visually communicate you creative visions, concepts and products.
Since its inception, the business has branched into several other highly specialised sectors including aerospace, defence, marine, energy and pharmaceuticals. To provide for the increased technical demands of these industries, we formed Defence Imaging as a sub-division to Proto Imaging. Working in parallel, Defence Imaging offers the additional specialist knowledge required to assist large in-house product development teams.
We have considerable in-house expertise and experience in all aspects of 3D CGI, visual effects, and design. Always at the forefront of computer graphics technology, our team members have all previously worked at leading CGI facilities and design studios, including Pinewood Film Studios. Our knowledge is both broad and deep and we handle all projects with professionalism and flair.
We are fully UK based and do not out-source without the client's consent. Where the scope of a project may exceed our expertise, we have a portfolio of specialists that can be brought in to help fulfil the project if required.
We are accustomed to working under non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and handling commercially sensitive data; our systems are secure and confidentiality is paramount. If further specialist knowledge is required, our Defence Imaging division may be the best option (please call to discuss the options).
As a 3D computer graphics and design specialist, James has worked in many areas of design and graphics, most notably in industrial design and 3D visual effects. Prior to the establishment of Proto and Defence Imaging, he worked as CGI Lighting Technical Director at Pinewood Film studios and at various CGI production studios. With over fifteen years experience in design, 3D computer graphics and visual effects, he is accustomed to working closely with clients and film directors.
Rob Carter has worked in product design, graphics, exhibition design, computer game development and post-production. In a career spanning over twenty years, his depth of knowledge and experience on all aspects of design and project management is invaluable. Notable projects include promotional print design for Airbus and HM Coastguard, branding and graphics for UEFA and Volvo, and product design for Gatwick Express, British Airways.
We are at the cutting edge of the advancing field of CGI and our founding partners have worked in 3D computer graphics since the 1990s, when CGI was a relatively unknown art form. Our projects are fulfilled with an advanced digital tool-set that includes exotic 3D animation and post production software.
To handle intense CGI projects that often require the rendering of tens of thousands of animation frames, we have a renderfarm of the latest generation of Intel multicore processors. Meanwhile our hexa-core 64bit Nvidia Quadro based 3D design workstations are custom specified to cope with large 3D data and rendering.
Applications are welcome from highly talented 3D generalists to support our team. Prospective candidates must have excellent overall technical and artistic skills, with a representative portfolio or demo reel. Extensive knowledge must be held in at least one high-end industry standard 3D package, and should ideally be proficient in the areas specified below:
Understanding of visual effects pipelines.
Modelling, texturing, shader networks, rigging, lighting, rendering.
3D Animation, but character animation not essential.
2D compositing / post-production.
Bitmap Image editing and manipulation.