How to Find the Best 3D Rendering Studio to Partner With
Typically, there’s two extremes when it comes to finding the best 3D rendering studio to work with. There`s the high-end studio that creates mind-blowing renderings but isn`t so wonderful when it comes to pricing. Then there’s the cheap option that wins top points for pricing but disappoints when it comes to quality and efficiency. Obviously pricing tends to increase as quality does, but there are several things to look for in a studio to make sure you get your money’s worth. That opens a new question entirely, which is how important quality is when it comes to finding the best 3D rendering studio, a subject for an entirely different article. Quality aside, below are some vital questions that need to be answered when looking for a 3D studio:
This could not be emphasized enough, strong communication is absolutely essential to find the best 3D rendering to partner with. Why? As it means that a studio is able to understand and adapt to your specific needs – something that depends on asking the right questions and accurately interpreting your ideas and thoughts. On the other hand, poor communication can be detrimental to your working relationship, as it slows things down, often adds up to extra costs and causes unnecessary stress.
Language is something to consider when trying to find the best 3D rendering studio to work with. Whilst this obviously isn’t an issue for studios who are based in your country or who share your native language, most studios that offer competitive pricing tend to be located overseas. In this case, there’s a good chance that there will be some kind of language barrier. Even if the artists produce the best renderings in the world, it’s going to be very difficult interacting with them successfully if they aren’t able to communicate proficiently in the English Language, limiting their ability to successfully incorporate your feedback and capture your ideas. On top of this, fixing errors cause by a lack of good english can cause delays in projects, and create more work for your managers in house.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t work with studios abroad (there are lots of excellent studios) but it’s vital to make sure that their communications skills are strong. A good way to do this is by getting in contact with the studio via telephone (or any platform for conferencing calls) to discuss capabilities whilst being able to determine whether their communication and English language skills are good enough for an effective working relationship.
There’s two options that seem plausible when choosing the best 3D rendering studio (assuming you`re based in North America), go for one located in the USA or Canada and minimize any issues causes by time zone changes, or go for the cheaper option of working with an overseas studio (typically in China or Eastern Europe) but end up having unnecessary migraines due to time zone changes. In might be comforting knowing that artists are working on your renderings whilst you’re asleep, but the simple fact that you have to wait until next day to get a response to an email and aren`t able to get in touch by phone can be problematic. It means that the rendering process is slowed down and that accuracy and efficiency when incorporating feedback is lost.
One way to avoid this is working with studio with a similar time zone. If you’re in Europe, then a studio in Eastern Europe could be a good fit, if you’re in Australia then China could work, and if you’re in the USA, Latin America might be the best option.
It’s always a risk starting a working relationship with a 3D rendering studio, and you never know if studios are capable of what they claim, with it not being uncommon to receive the same images from different 3D studios, who both claim the work as theirs. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways to avoid these any issues regarding trust to help find the best 3D rendering studio to work with.
Firstly you can use google image search to verify a studio’s portfolio and can ask them to send over the source files of an image if you want to be 100% sure. Secondly, it’s worth getting direct feedback from the studio’s existing clients, which can been done by searching for online reviews, checking for personal recommendations on Linkedin, or even asking a studio to put you directly in contact with their clients to hear their feedback. Another good option to test their quality and ability to cope with deadlines is by asking for a discounted trial project. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that not all of the best 3D rendering studios are willing to give out cheap images to potential clients, especially those with more of a premium/luxury profile.
Finding the best 3D rendering tudio to partner with can be a daunting process, but if you manage to address all of the issues outlined above, you will find outsourcing your rendering work a very rewarding process.