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Crafty Apes Optimizes Project Management and Sustains Company Growth in Spite of Pandemic

Customer Challenge

As a top visual effects company with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and other major cities, Crafty Apes is a leading provider for full VFX services including set supervision, VFX consultation and high-end CG and previsualization services. As the company expanded, they found themselves in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also faced the obstacle of managing the progress of their projects while securing the safety of their staff. Just like other companies whose work structure centers on a traditional setting, the pandemic proved to be a new and unexpected dilemma for Crafty Apes. Being also a growing company with more than 250 employees and counting, it was evident that Crafty Apes would need to evolve and adapt to the pandemic environment to continue thriving.

Project Goals

Without physical contact, it meant that replacing in-person management and communication was an issue that needed to be addressed promptly and efficiently. For a company like Crafty Apes, it would take more than video teleconferencing to properly manage staff members working on the same project from multiple remote locations. Simultaneously, Autodesk Shotgun was going through a major change itself as it developed into the new software, ShotGrid, which meant moving licenses into the new platform. To resolve this, Crafty Apes turned to RFX for their transition from Shotgun to ShotGrid, which needed to be achieved by October 1st, 2021, the last day of operation for Shotgun.


ShotGrid was Crafty Apes’ solution to safely complete their projects but due to Shotgun’s transition into ShotGrid, they now faced technical and interface issues. RFX stepped in and provided everything Crafty Apes needed to proceed with their projects including licensing, software management, and ease of access to users. This allowed Crafty Apes to track their production management, creative process, and pipeline to meet their project deadlines while staying within budget.

Business Outcome

After having fully settled into their new software, Crafty Apes continues to successfully mitigate much of the pandemic stress and has adjusted to working remotely. They found their needs more than met thanks to the capabilities of Autodesk ShotGrid.


With the help of RFX, Crafty Apes met their October 1st deadline, found an efficient system to communicate and manage project in the midst of a pandemic, and are now able to add users as they continue to grow and expand their company.

Project Summary

Delivery Date


Project Duration

365 days

Autodesk Solutions

  • ShotGrid

Services Provided

    Customer Industry

    • Media & Entertainment
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