Lights, Camera... Ansible!


Industrial Light & Magic, the world's leading VFX studio recognized for bringing the magic to films such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park (among MANY of your other favorites), and its ongoing innovation keeps our studio at the industry apex through constantly evolving tools, code and systems. With the scale in which we work - 4 studios in 4 countries on 3 continents - and given we prefer to hire artists who generate the movie needs instead of growing our engineering team infinitely, it is a natural fit for our studio to look towards orchestration and automation. In this talk, we will share our journey towards adopting Ansible as a tool in the ILM arsenal and how it fits in our mission to guarantee that we can continue to deliver the best entertainment the world has ever seen.

In this talk you will learn:

  • The unique struggles of technologies within the VFX industry
  • Facing head-on the technical challenges of a 40 year young studio with "automation"
  • The value of Ansible to the business and technologies at ILM
  • A look to the future ahead with Ansible in our galaxy not so far, far away
  • Who shot first





Chris Caillouet, Senior Production Engineer, Industrial Light & Magic