What does GAFX stand for? GAFX is an abbreviation for Gaming, Animation and VFX.
What does GAFX do? GAFX connects freelance digital media artists and producers/studio owners in a mutually beneficial manner.
Ok. But how? It acts as an online workspace for freelance artists and producers, allowing them to connect and collaborate on projects apart from helping them benefit from each other by registering on the website.
How does one register? Simple. Just login to www.gafxonline.com, fill in the digital form/submit the required files based on whether you are a Producer or Artist and you’re good to go! As a registered member of GAFX, you now have access to the GAFX marketplace. Just sign in with your User ID and Password.
What are the benefits for Producers/Studio Owners? Production companies can browse and hire freelance artists for their upcoming projects; scores of artist profiles across digital art disciplines and specializations are featured on the site. Producers can filter profiles based on various parameters such as portfolio, experience, skills, etc.
What are the benefits for freelance artists? Freelance Artists can gain access to frequently updated Animation, Gaming and VFX projects listed on the site. Artists can bid for projects depending on various parameters such as timeline, work complexity, payment and terms etc.
Any particular spin-off benefits? Well, the easy access to freelance talent helps producers in complementing their in-house team whenever required in a cost-effective manner while also expediting new projects. As for freelance artists, they can increase their income and expand their professional network. In addition, members can benefit from knowledge sessions, articles on emerging trends in the sector, special forums, information on key industry events across the world, exclusive offers and more.
Any other advantages that GAFX offers? For Producers/Studio owners, GAFX facilitates customized plans too. GAFX will tailor the hiring model and search tools to meet specific requirements in terms of value and outcomes. For instance, if a producer has a certain budget and specific talent needs for his freelance project, GAFX can tailor a unique plan to meet that need.
What about the Virtual Studio? Yes. It’s a collaborative online workspace – a thoughtfully integrated feature made possible by technology. It offers great economy, speed and convenience with each project, both for producers and freelancers.
How does it work? One can set up a virtual VFX studio and commence production in minutes without having to worry about purchasing downloading and installing design software and production tools as the Virtual Studio comes pre-equipped with the entire production pipeline.
What are the benefits/advantages? Well, since all the infrastructure is hosted on the cloud, it helps save money as there’s no need to invest in design software, pipeline tools – storage space, rendering and office space etc. All one needs is a system and internet connection. Importantly, both the producer and the artist can save, access and review project files online, thus ensuring great convenience.
Are my files safe on the cloud? Very much! In fact, enhanced security is the biggest advantage as piracy can be controlled…. work can be uploaded on VM’s from GAFX platform to reduce risk of downloads. Only those authorized can access files.
Lastly, what about payment security? Because that’s a key concern. True. And we’ve got that covered for you. For producers, they can pay only if they are 100% satisfied with the work. As for Artists, all payments as per the agreed terms are enabled through a secure payment gateway.
Apart from freelance talent, does GAFX also cater to regular job recruitments? Yes. In fact, GAFX is also shortly launching online HR services for employers and job seekers. In addition to the freelance projects/talent facilitation, GAFX will also enable posting and filling of full-time jobs. The vast community of producers and artists registered with GAFX makes for an invaluable HR resource.
Will producers be able to find the full breadth of talent for their projects? Of course. At GAFX, freelancers across disciplines and specialization are registered…right from 3D Modelers to Animators, Riggers, Compositors, Storyboard & Concept Artists, Digital Painters, Lighting Technicians, Texture, Hair & Fur Artists, Visual Development Artists, Character Artists, Layout & Rendering TDs, Roto Artists, Matchmovers, Matte Painters, Pipeline TD, Game Designers, Testers, Game Programmers, Audio Engineers and more.
How do I post a project? Go to the header and click on the tab ‘PRODUCER’. In the drop down menu, click ‘Post Project’. A fresh window will appear asking you to ‘LOGIN TO YOUR ACCOUNT’. Enter your ‘User name and Password. You are now ready to post your project. Just follow the step-by-step instructions.
How can a freelancer submit a proposal for a project? Click the ‘ARTISTS’ tab on the header and click ‘FIND PROJECTS’ in the drop down menu that appears. A fresh window appears asking you to ‘Sign In’. The selection parameters (Bid, Location, Budget, etc.) show up on your screen. Fill in the respective boxes and click ‘CLEAR FILTERS’. A list of projects meeting your needs/criteria appear on your screen. Each project has a ‘SUBMIT PROPOSAL’ tab. Just click on the tab and you are done.
How and when do I get paid? As soon as the producer is 100% satisfied with your work, the payment will be facilitated through the third party, secure online payment gateway.
Are there any charges for posting a project? It depends on the plan chosen. The basic plan does not have any charges while the other plans come with a fee.
How do I upload my profile? Go to the header and click on the tab ‘ARTISTS’. In the drop down menu, click ‘CREATE PROFILE’. A fresh window will appear asking you to ‘LOGIN TO YOUR ACCOUNT’. Enter your ‘User name and Password. You are now ready to upload your profile. Just follow the step-by-step instructions.